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You're reading: My tribute to John Demjanjuk

It does not matter what the so-called experts say or write about John being convicted of atrocities. The fact is, in Israel they let him go free after acknowledging their error in his mistaken identity, and after his trial in Munich, the Germans not only took far too much time in handling his appeal, they also made it difficult for him to receive adequate and expeditious health care after releasing him from prison.

This is why I can only presume that the responsible Munich city civil servants hoped John Demjanjuk would pass away before his appeal could be processed, in fear of having to acquit him just like Israel did. If that were to happen, they would have to declare the case against him a farce for which they would have to pay compensation in addition to the five million euros court costs, plus his eighteen hundred euros a month nursing home fees. These last fees the city of Munich had still not paid to the full, when I spoke to the nursing home’s owner five days after John’s passing.

Like many spectators, over the years I had followed the John Demjanjuk trials, watched the TV reports and read the newspaper stories. I often compared his tragic life to the many other victims of World War II who I knew personally.

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