MUNICH – After three decades of fighting in court, suspected Nazi guard John Demjanjuk was deported from the United States to Germany on Tuesday to face allegations of being an accessory to the murder of 29,000 Jews and others at the Sobibor death camp.
If the retired Ohio autoworker is found fit to stand trial, it could bring an end to a legal saga that began in 1977 and involved courts and government officials from at least five countries on three continents.
The Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk says he was a Red Army soldier who spent World War II as a Nazi POW and never hurt anyone.
But Nazi-era documents obtained by U.S. justice authorities and shared with German prosecutors suggest otherwise. They include a photo ID identifying Demjanjuk as a guard at the Sobibor death camp and saying he was trained at an SS facility for Nazi guards at Trawniki. Both sites were in Nazi-occupied Poland