Israel I Can't Even Kill a Chicken

Accused Murderer Demjanjuk finally takes the stand

The burly, bullnecked defendant listened carefully as he was asked the most pivotal questions of the trial.

"Are you 'Ivan the Terrible'?" inquired Defense Lawyer John Gill.

"I never was and I am not Ivan the Terrible," said John Demjanjuk in resonant bass tones.

"Did you ever kill anyone?"

"Never," he replied. "I can't even kill a chicken."

After months of damning testimony against him, Demjanjuk, 67, a retired Cleveland autoworker, last week took the stand in his own defense for the first time. Throughout four days of grueling examination in a Jerusalem courtroom, Demjanjuk never wavered from his claim that...

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