Der Henkersknecht : der Prozess gegen John (Iwan) Demjanjuk in München (Book, 2011) [WorldCat.org]
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Der Henkersknecht : der Prozess gegen John (Iwan) Demjanjuk in München

Author: Angelika Benz; Lukas Hammerstein
Publisher: Berlin : Metropol, ©2011.
Series: Reihe Zeitgeschichten, Bd. 6.
Edition/Format:   Print book : GermanView all editions and formats
Summary:
Discusses the case of John Demjanjuk, who stood trial at the district court of München between November 2009-May 2011, accused of aiding and abetting the murder of 27,900 Jewish prisoners in the Sobibór extermination camp. Demjanjuk was born in 1920 in Ukraine, drafted by the Red Army during World War II, taken prisoner by the Germans, sent to the Trawniki training camp, and transferred to Sobibór as a guard in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Trials, litigation, etc
Named Person: John Demjanjuk; John Demjanjuk
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Angelika Benz; Lukas Hammerstein
ISBN: 9783863310110 386331011X
OCLC Number: 759183716
Description: 248 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm.
Series Title: Reihe Zeitgeschichten, Bd. 6.
Other Titles: Prozess gegen John (Iwan) Demjanjuk in München
Responsibility: Angelika Benz ; mit einem Essay von Lukas Hammerstein.

Abstract:

Discusses the case of John Demjanjuk, who stood trial at the district court of München between November 2009-May 2011, accused of aiding and abetting the murder of 27,900 Jewish prisoners in the Sobibór extermination camp. Demjanjuk was born in 1920 in Ukraine, drafted by the Red Army during World War II, taken prisoner by the Germans, sent to the Trawniki training camp, and transferred to Sobibór as a guard in 1942. An attempt was made at the trial to determine whether Demjanjuk was an uninvolved guard, a willing henchman of the SS, or a self-motivated murderer. Benz discusses the use of Jews at the camp to carry out tasks which were part of the extermination program, such as emptying out the arriving trains and transferring the sick and the elderly to an area nearby, where they were shot. They had to undress the children, sort the clothes, and collect objects of value. They removed the corpses from the gas chambers, cleaned out the chambers, and buried the bodies. Up to July 1942, 90-100,000 Jews were murdered in Sobibór. In May 2011 Demjanjuk was sentenced to five years in prison; he died before the sentence could be carried out.

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