John Demjanjuk

Thirty-five years ago, John Demjanjuk was a retired autoworker who had raised three children in the Seven Hills suburb of Cleveland. When he died March 17, the 91-year-old was in a German nursing home. Demjanjuk was awaiting an appeal of his conviction for aiding one of the greatest atrocities in history. In 1977 evidence emerged that Demjanjuk, a Ukrainian immigrant, had served as a Nazi concentration-camp guard, committing barbaric acts that earned him the nickname "Ivan the Terrible." He was stripped of his American citizenship, extradited to Israel and sentenced to death.

The fall of the Soviet Union spared Demjanjuk, as...

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