To some, John Demjanjuk is a convicted accessory to the murder of 27,900 Jews in the German Nazi death camp of Sobibor, Poland, where a German court concluded he served as a prison guard during World War II.

People who have reached this conclusion condemn any defense of the Ukrainian native or questioning of the evidence against him as tantamount to sympathizing with a killer of Jews.

To others, Demjanjuk was one of the ultimate scapegoats for Nazi war crimes that Germans themselves were unwilling to punish among their own people for decades.

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