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John Demjanjuk died in a home for the elderly in Germany, a country to which he was deported and convicted as a Nazi war criminal. The so-called “Nazi hunters” who sought his conviction were hell bent on gaining a conviction, and apparently it did not matter to them whether Mr. Demjanjuk was guilty or innocent. At first he was thought to be a vicious Nazi prison guard nicknamed “Ivan the Terrible.” When this was proven false, he was accused of being another Nazi concentration camp guard. When this was shown to be false, he was finally convicted of being another Nazi guard. Evidence was fabricated in his case, and in no way was there sufficient evidence for him to be convicted. He may have been a German soldier, but if that makes a person a war criminal, then every German foot soldier should have been tried for war crimes. But just war theory forbids punishment of a foot soldier for following his leader’s orders.

Mr. Demjanuk was labeled a “hater of Jews,” but as Pat Buchanan pointed out, given the evidence of his innocent, “who are the real haters”? (see his fine article, “The Real Haters,” at The real haters are those self-professed Nazi hunters who are willing to do anything to hid the fact of their incompetence in Mr. Demjanjuk’s case, even to the point of pushing Germany to prosecute him for war crimes. To its shame, the United States agreed to Mr. Demjanjuk’s deportation. Although not all Jews supported what was done to Mr. Demjanjuk, those pushing for prosecution had too much poitical influence on the U. S. Government, and a man died far away from his family in the United States (and was stripped of his U. S. citizenship) where he had worked for years as an auto worker. All this to placate the bloodthirstiness of a group of individuals who believe that the fact of the Holocaust gives them free rein to abuse others on a lesser scale. But the horrible evil of the Holocaust does not justify evil actions by anyone, whether Jewish or not, against a man who almost certainly would not have been convicted in a U. S. Court of law. I suppose that, given United States’ policymakers’ voluntary slavery to AIPAC, the Israeli lobby in the U. S., the actions of the U. S. government in yielding to a similar group should not be surprising. The entire case was a travesty of justice, and I pray that Mr. Demjanjuk’s family will find some measure of comfort in this difficult time.