May 23, 1999, No. 21, Vol. LXVII
opens new case against Demjanjuk
by Stephen Vitvitsky
PARSIPPANY, N.J. - The U.S. Department
of Justice Office of Special
initiated a new case against John
Demjanjuk on May 19, seeking to once
again strip him of his U.S. citizenship.
News of the new charges against Mr.
Demjanjuk was reported by the Associated
Press and Reuters.
The new 15-page complaint alleges that
Mr. Demjanjuk began working for the Nazis
at the Trawniki training camp in 1942,
where, according to the Office of Special
Investigations, Eastern European recruits
were prepared to aid the Nazi genocide.
The lawsuit further alleges that Mr.
Demjanjuk served as an armed guard at the
Sobibor death camp, and the Majdanek and
Flossenburg concentration camps.
Ed Nishnic, spokesman for Mr.
"We are deeply
saddened by the government's latest
filing. Twenty-two years ago the
government came after Mr. Demjanjuk
with alleged documentary evidence, six
survivor eyewitnesses and two SS
eyewitnesses - all swearing that he was
Ivan the Terrible. Twenty-two years
later, after a death penalty in Israel,
it turned out that the government had
committed fraud from the very
beginning. We only hope it doesn't take
another 22 years to prove the
government wrong once again*."
evidence behind the new lawsuit, Mr.
Nishnic said: "The 'new' allegations
are nothing new. Most of the
information was in the Justice
Department's possession as far back as
the late 1970s, but did not fit into
the OSI's 'Ivan' theory. The other
information was considered in Israel
and, according to the attorney general
in Israel, was not strong enough to
warrant such a conviction, and they
chose not to proceed with a case."