Saturday, May 14, 2011

Ex-Nazi death camp guard convicted in Munich courtroom

A 91-year-old retired U.S. automobile worker was convicted on Thursday of being an accessory to the deaths of 28,060 prisoners at the Sobibor death camp, in Poland, for six months in 1943. John Demjanjuk was sentenced to five years in prison, but has been released pending his appeal of the conviction.

Demjanjuk's case was heard in a Munich, Germany courtroom. Demjanjuk was born in the Ukrain and served as a Soviet Army soldier until being captured by the Germans in the Crimea in 1942. Subsequently, he agreed to serve as a "Wachmann," or guard, who was subordinate to German SS men.

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