Nazi War Criminal John Demjanjuk May be Buried in United States
John Demjanjuk, convicted of Nazi war crimes – including murder – by German courts in 2011, will be buried on Cleveland, Ohio if his son gets his way.
Demjanjuk, who was convicted of helping to kill Jews at the Sobibor death camp in Poland, moved to the United States in 1952 and began working at a local Ford Motor Company plant near Cleveland.
In 1977, the U.S. Justice Department revoked Demjanjuk’s citizenship due to concerns over his alleged involvement at the Treblinka death camps but the accusations were found to be false by Israel’s Supreme Court and Demjanjuk returned to the United States.
His death last week in Germany has prompted discussion over whether or not it’s appropriate for Demjanjuk to be buried in the U.S., which is the request of Demjanjuk’s son and attorney.
“I have no doubt that a funeral in Seven Hills would turn into a demonstration of solidarity and support for Demjanjuk, who’s the last person on earth who deserves any sympathy, frankly,” Efraim Zuroff told The Daily Mail.
Zuroff runs the Simon Wiesenthal Center, one of the world’s per-eminent Nazi hunting organizations.
“Demjanjuk died guilty of his service in the Sobibor death camp and that is how he should be remembered, not as a person falsely accused, but as an individual who volunteered to serve in the SS, and who at the height of his physical powers spent months helping to mass murder innocent Jews deported to that death camp,” Zuroff said in a statement via the center’s website.
The St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Demjanuk’s hometown church, has been a strident defender of his innocence and continues to maintain that new evidence will arise to confirm their claim.