March 19, 2012, - 11:17 am
As you may know, over the weekend former Nazi death camp prison guard and mass murderer John Demjanjuk a/k/a “Ivan the Terrible” died at the age of 91. As I’ve lamented in many previous posts on this site, he lived three or four times longer than many of his tens of thousands of victims. So, his death after a full life is little cause for celebration. He lived more than half a century in freedom in the United States. I was only seven years old when the U.S. government first brought charges against him for falsifying immigration documents, much younger than that when it was first discovered and the investigation began. I was in high school when I attended, with my father and Holocaust survivor grandfather, a speech by the then-Justice Department Office of Special Investigations about the impending deportation and trial of Demjanjuk. Both my father and grandfather are now dead and the OSI official is long retired. Demjanjuk outlived almost everyone, and he lived the good life. Only ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) gave him any real punishment.
John Demjanjuk: Just One of Many Nazis Who Gamed the System for a Good Life in America
Demjanjuk lied on his documents to enter the United States and again to get immigration benefits and U.S. citizenship, never noting his membership in the Nazi Party or his role in murdering tens of thousands of Jews at the Treblinka death camp. As I’ve also noted, he not only lived a long life in the United States complete with a well-paying job and a good pension, but he also got to have children and see his children have his grandchildren. His victims never got that chance, as he ended their bloodlines forever. As I’ve also reported, even though Demjanjuk’s circus of a “trial” in Israel was a bust, that’s only because left-wing lawyers representing him introduced some silly claim that “Ivan the Terrible,” was only “Ivan the Not as Terrible.” And the left-dominated Israeli court bought it. Never explained away was why Demjanjuk had a scar from the removal of his Nazi SS tattoo under his arm, a tattoo and location common to top SS guards. The Israeli courts didn’t allow that evidence to be introduced, along with an avalanche of other proof this man was a cold-blooded killer of Jews.
As I’ve frequently noted on this site, Demjanjuk repeatedly gamed the system, with appeal after appeal. It took well over a decade to deport him . . . for essentially the second time. And it’s interesting that the only real jail time Demjanjuk did was his time in an Ohio ICE detention center. That’s because one ICE deportation official, then-Michigan/Ohio ICE Field Office Director Robin F. Baker, had the guts to say no to this Nazi mass-murderer and make him serve at least a little time in 2005. That’s little solace for the many victims of Demjanjuk, but at least this Nazi war criminal did some tiny amount of time in prison–a prison that, despite whining media reports, is paradise compared with what his Jewish victims endured. At least his family, which refused to admit what they clearly knew to be true about their father, had to visit him behind plexiglass.
What’s amazing and sad in this country is that if you are an aging Nazi mass-murderer or a Muslim who lied on immigration forms, you can play games and stay here forever, escaping any form of justice for your fraud and your crimes. And yet, Sean Hannity pal, neo-Nazi Pat Buchanan, was forever singing the praises of and defending this “angel of death” on earth. So did Weekly Standard Editor Philip Terzian, who claimed Demjanjuk “was forced” to become a Nazi and that he was “only a concentration camp guard,” and therefore his murder of over 30,000 Jews is okay. These are not leftists defending the mass-murder of the Jews. These are conservatives.
As I’ve previously detailed, here are some facts about the Demjanjuk timeline:
* In 1977, charges were first brought against Demjanjuk for falsifying applications to enter the U.S. in 1952 and to obtain citizenship in 1958.
* In 1981, his citizenship was revoked. In 1986, he was extradited to Israel for the show trial.
* In 1998, his U.S. citizenship was restored.
* It was revoked again in 2002.
* After that, Demjanjuk wasn’t deported until May 11, 2009.
During these later years, ICE surveillance cameras caught Demjanjuk faking illness, dementia, and even the need to use a wheelchair.
So, as I’ve written before, John Demjanjuk had the last laugh. He lived a full life, complete with generations of family he left, unlike most of his victims, the majority of whom perished in ovens and gas chambers but not before being subjected to his cruelty and the dogs and weapons he used against them to keep them from escaping and often to keep them from living.
The Victims of Treblinka and John Demjanjuk, Rest In Peace. Zichronam LiVrachah [Blessed Be Their Memories]. John Demjanjuk. Rot In Hell.
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