March 19, 2012, - 11:17 am

John Demjanjuk, RIH: Dead Nazi’s Only Real Prison Time Was ICE Detention

By Debbie Schlussel

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


Nazi Death Camp Guard John Demjanjuk Then (Third From Left)


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.


* A Nazi Games the Immigration System: The John Demjanjuk Saga Continues

* The John Demjanjuk Story: How “Deporting” a Nazi Takes Decades; Lesson on Greater Immigration Probs

* A Nazi Murderer’s Good Life: Will We Finally Deport John Demjanjuk?

* German Indictments of Nazi Demjanjuk No Cause for Celebration; Only ICE Gave Death Camp Guard Any Real Punishment

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20 Responses

I hope when Demjanjuk rots in hell he is joined by those Jew Nazi lovers who helped acquit him at his trial in Jerusalem.

Jerry on March 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Well now John Demjanjuk is finally getting justice by God.

This case dragged out for so long because there was never a question about Ivan the Terrible being a monster, rather WAS John Demjanjuk Ivan the Terrible ??

I have looked at the evidence and if I was on a jury, I would have voted to convict and hang the slime from the tallest tree. But because the Israeli Court ruled he was NOT Ivan the Terrible, that threw doubt in everyone’s mind and gummed up the works.

jimmyPx on March 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm

DS thank you for this post. I am going to read all your columns on Damjanjuk as well as the links you provided.

A few years ago in either GQ or Esquire, a Jewish guy wrote an article in JD and it made it seem as if he was living (JD) the ultimate Kafka-esque nightmare because of mistaken identity. I did not know what to think because I had read other articles on him and never had that doubt presented. It was so odd.

Of course since then I have learned how some Jews don’t seem to be on the Jewish side of things and even more importantly how Liberal Israel is (the article made a point of bringing up the Israel trial).

I was confused but after reading just this post I see that that article was prolly obfuscating…and I am not sure I understand why or what. Because the author was Jewish I reckoned he would not want leniency for a Nazi guard. But as noted, I have learned a lot since that article.

Skunky on March 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Wondering here if Herr Buchanan will be at the funeral.

Not Ovenready on March 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Not Ovenready, you beat me to it. I was going to note that Herr Buchanan had lost one of his closest buddies. In 1996, only Steve Forbes had the guts to call him on it during one of the presidential debates.

They should ship his remains to Iran or Turkey or Ramallah. I hear that Hitler is really popular in those countries, so might as well give them something at least they’ll cherish. Oh, and send Herr Buchanan w/ them.

Infidel on March 19, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Damjanjuk did NOT get the last laugh! For he faces a Greater Judge. His crimes will not go unpunished, though we may not see the punishment on this earth. If he never sought forgiveness in this life, he will never have forgiveness in the next. God is the great CPA ! He keeps excellent records. And justice, in the end, is His.

squirrely on March 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Amen, squirrely.

    JeffE on March 19, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Debbie, I and all of know that Wallbanger-Hannity is pals with that neo-nazi and anti-semite Pat Buchanan, I also notice years ago before I commented here that you broke the story of Sean Hannity being close pals with Hal Turner, a white-nationalist and a hater of black people (like myself), anti-semite, etc. So I’m not too surprised that Hannity did a little shilling and bidding for this dude Mr. Demjanjuk.

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on March 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Guys… Satan dropped by my place yesterday asking to use my bathroom (he sure stunk it to high heaven), bummed a smoke off me (he didn’t ask for a light – he offered one to me) and started to bitch about all those new entries to his domain. Especially “some dumb bohunky dude named John or Ivan” who claimed to have not “killed thousands of Jews”.

“I never did care much for them Hebes, Rev.” said the Infernal One while sucking away his tenth smoke he bummed off me. “But when Hitler, Himmeler, Goebbels (loudmouthed asshole – I hate him), Pavelic and all these other arrogant pricks started flowing though my fiery gates, I just started to lose it. Now I’m stuck with this stupid-ass Bavarian Beer Garden, several Harems and a special place for dictators with a fully stocked wine cellar and belly-dancers galore.”

I mentioned to him that a certain blogger had spent so much time vilifying those who deserved a stint in Hell. “Oh that Debbie,” he laughed as he polished of a beer that he bummed off my next-door neighbour. “When her time comes, I’m telling God to send here here so she could help me deal with this mess. Especially that asshole John-Ivan Dumbfuckyou or whatever his name is. I don’t care. My life sucks.”

And then, Satan stood up, went to the bathroom and threw up.

The Reverend Jacques on March 19, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I think you’ve got the makings of a TV mini-series.

    Not Ovenready on March 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm

The Israeli judicial system had this beast in its grasp, but let him go. It was left to the Germans to prosecute Demjanjuk, but only after it was far to late to be meaningful. That should be an embarrassment.

Worry01 on March 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm

there was a muslim SS division too.

more good news today! many more killed in syria!

Bill Co2 on March 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I am happy that I lived to see the day that John Demjanjuk died. I am happy that I lived long enough to see Yasir Arafat die. I am happy that I lived long enough to see Moamar Khadaffi die.

There are some other enemies of the Jewish people that I wait patiently to pass on: Bashar Assad, Jimmy Carter and James Baker are high on my list.

While I take no joy in the death of human beings (and leave judgement in the hands of Hashem), I am grateful to the Creator that I have survived these enemies of the Jewish People. I suppose there are others who I haven’t thought of. Readers are invited to add to my list.


There is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)

There is NO Santa Claus on March 19, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Thank you Debbie for both this and your previous posts in documenting the truth of this Nazi vermin.

John Demjanjuk–RIH.

JeffE on March 19, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Israel’s leftist-dominated Supreme Court annulled his death sentence and set him free. The justices who did it are cursed and hopefully, they’ll meet him in the same hell that’s now awaiting him.

They should be in god company together there!

NormanF on March 20, 2012 at 3:25 am

Repatriation of this bastard’s remains, no shame at all.–Nazi-shrine.html

Eyes Wide Open on March 20, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Wow, you sure are confused.

The story is Demjanjuk was a guard at Sobibor.

But you insist he murdered people and Treblinka and was a member of the NSDAP!!!

You’re just embarrassingly misinformed. You really shouldn’t write about things you don’t know about. You’ve made yourself look incredibly stupid.

The Black Rabbit of Inlé on March 21, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Damn, you really don’t know anything.

“Ovens” at Treblinka?

There were no “ovens” at Treblinka, the gas chamber victims were burnt on huge pyres at Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka.


The Black Rabbit of Inlé on March 21, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Another coward escapes punishment.There’s still more of these
Eastern European scum in hiding.I despise the mentality that
it was a long time ago and they are old men now.In a perfect
world,they would have been handed over to the Soviets,for
disposal,instead of being given any chance of crawling away to
save their useless lives for aiding in mass murder of non-
combatants.There’s more of these ukranian,latvian,estonian and
especially lithuanian cowards who never paid for what they
did during the war.As far as I care,the others who are pried
out of the woodwork should be hung in public and their families
be made to watch.Isn’t that what they liked to do to others?

tom on March 24, 2012 at 10:04 am

I’m a liberal American Jew, and I say, he should have served in the supermax, tormented by guards, preferably Jewish ones, but sigh, that would be too good for him as well! I hate Nazis, that should go beyond politics!

Robyn on February 20, 2016 at 12:08 pm

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