John Demjaniuk on trial in Germany

We are a little belatedly publishing the following statement issued on 3 December by John Demjaniuk Jr concerning the trial in Germany of his father, John Demjaniuk: 

The Munich prosecution is collaborating with and shielding known German citizens from prosecution when evidence exists that they directly participated in murder.  As part of their strategy, members of the prosecution team went to Holland and advertised in Jewish circles to actively recruit Jewish survivors and victims’ families to join them as Nebenkläger or co-plaintiffs with the hope that filling the courtroom gallery with the emotion of the Holocaust will cause the judges to ignore their lack of evidence.   Of course, none of the Nebenkläger can provide direct evidence regarding John Demjanjuk as no Sobibor survivor has ever recognized him as someone they remember.  Nevertheless, the Munich prosecutor brings them to court to sit on the same side with those German citizens who should be prosecuted for murder.  Instead of looking in their Nazi back yard, consistent with their past failure to try German Nazi war criminals, they instead go 7000 miles to bring a sick and dying Ukrainian POW for a weak accessory charge which is going to collapse soon.  Since Germany has acquitted the Germans who ran Sobibor, they have excused their past as mistakes not to be repeated now.  The following evidence proves that Germany is TODAY still covering up for it own citizens in order to prosecute a Ukrainian POW for the deeds of the Germans.  Having lured the Nebenklaeger into this cover up will only bring more shame upon Germany adding to the guilt it desperately seeks to absolve.

The Germans have built a house of cards and the hurricane is coming.

Some of the media appears blinded by the emotional subject matter of the Munich proceedings.  They have written that my father has admitted being in Sobibor or has neither confirmed nor denied the allegations.  In fact, throughout the past 30 yrs of legal proceedings he has consistently denied, and continues to deny, any allegations regarding participation in the Holocaust and it remains the prosecutor’s burden to once again try and prove otherwise.  As the world knows, he was acquitted in the first criminal proceeding held in Israel.  His defense attorney, Dr. Ulrich Busch has argued the same and in opening motions and in making multi-layered arguments for dismissing the case also referred to evidence of POW Trawnikis being coerced into service by fear of death, not specifically John Demjanjuk.   Some have condemned the comparison of a POW Trawniki to a Jewish death camp worker.  They are ignorant of the case files which support Dr. Busch’s arguments and hold information from investigations having taken place over the last 60 yrs.   The comparison is not legal conjecture but based on historical evidence which will stand the test of litigation.  The events of the Holocaust are shocking and indisputable; however, the Munich trial is a travesty of justice.  Of course, the survivors and families are not responsible for what is being perpetrated by the Munich prosecution, co-prosecuting attorneys and judiciary.   As history has proven, it is Germany that is to blame for their suffering and also my father’s since being captured as a Red Army POW. 

The Munich prosecutor has documentary evidence from over 50 witnesses who gave testimony independently during the past 60 yrs to German, Polish, Canadian and Soviet investigators which collectively validate as historical truth that Soviet POWs like my father were treated inhumanely and murdered by starvation.  Additional testimonies individually and collectively validate that POW Trawnikis were coerced under fear of death into service and shot for planning desertion, attempting escape, theft of valuables, etc.

The co-prosecuting attorneys should be aware that among the witnesses to be called by them are 2 German citizens who did not serve in Sobibor but in other Nazi death camps including Belzec and Treblinka (Indictment prosecution witnesses listed as #4 Nagorny and #5 Kunz).  The Munich prosecutor has multiple investigative reports regarding these German citizens having committed specific murders, yet they have not been prosecuted to date.  Rather, the true Nazi murderers and German citizens are being shielded by the prosecutors while they try to convict a Ukrainian POW against whom there is admittedly no evidence of a single murder, not even a simple assault.   The evidence against the prosecutors’ living Nazi witnesses is specific to crimes of murder.  Here are two excerpts from the testimonies:

Testimony of Bronov, Sept 5, 1950, Pages 2,3:  “Because of poor shooting, many of the people doomed to death were only wounded.  Kunts saw their suffering, approached Pichulyak, and took his rifle, as he was only armed with a pistol.  Then, while saying the words “that is not how we shoot them,” he fired several times at the prisoners lying in the pit.”

Testimony of Knysh, Jan 29, 1948, Page 8: “Aleskej Nagornyj……He served as an SS Wachmann in the detachment of the “Travniki” concentration camp from the first days when the camp was established.  He then served as an SS Wachmann in the “Treblinka” concentration camp and in the Ostarbeiter camp in Rostok.  From his statements to me, I know that he participated in a shooting of 3,000 prisoners.”

For the Sobibor survivors attending the trial, families of the victims and the gallery of media reporting to the world to be unaware of the investigative material is understandable.  However, the attorneys who are co-prosecuting with the Munich team must be aware of their own investigative files.  The German court, which acts as part of the investigation and is required to be familiar with the case file, the prosecutors and attorneys of the Nebenkläger are shamefully exploiting the Jewish survivors and victims’ families for the purpose of showing the world that Germany is not guilty.   For Germany, the motive to convict John Demjanjuk is to acquit Germany.  

John Demjanjuk Jr.

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