Ukraine welcomes Nazi guard's conviction

12th May 2011, Comments 2 comments

Ukraine on Thursday welcomed a German court's conviction of Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk and said it felt ashamed that the World War II criminal was born in the former Soviet republic.

"It is very sad and unfortunate. But it is fair," Ukrainian presidential adviser Ganna German told AFP.

"Ukraine would prefer not to have Nazi criminals born on its territory. This is a great shame," she said.

"As long as the verdict had not been issued and there were still doubts (about his guilt), we were hopeful that this man would be acquitted. But the court has made its decision," said German.

"But as shameful as it might be for us all, it must be implemented and respected."

Demjanjuk, 91, was deported in 2009 from the United States, where he had lived for decades after 1945.

A German court on Thursday found Demjanjuk guilty of helping to murder almost 30,000 Jews and gave him a five-year prison sentence.

The court also decided to free Demjanjuk pending an appeal.

© 2011 AFP

2 Comments To This Article

  • GERMAN posted:

    on 12th May 2011, 23:35:11 - Reply

    I don't know what you mean by hypocrites. This trial took place under a government whose policies cannot be compared to the National Socialist government in power when these events originally took place.

    As for painting all Germans with the same brush,
    a) German citizens at the time were under the same threat as Mr. Demjanjuk, if they failed to cooperate

    b) in spite of these risks, many Germans worked behind the scenes to oppose the regime and openly helped as many prisoners as they could.
    My mother and her friends were some of these. Although my mother narrowly managed to escape the camps because of her activities, some of her friends were not so lucky, and gave their lives for the cause.

    How dare you make such generalized racist remarks against the German People
  • Canadian posted:

    on 12th May 2011, 23:05:43 - Reply

    Germany should pay billions in reparations to Ukraine for the destruction the Nazis wrought on Ukrainian lands and against the Ukrainian people during the Second World War. I have no idea of whether or not Mr Demjanjuk is guilty of anything but if he is that is the direct result of Nazi Germany's policies, not any Ukrainian ones. As for the folks currently in charge in Kyiv they are greater lackeys for not having to be, whereas Demjanjuk, by everyone's consent, was a POW who had little choice but to serve his captors, or himself face execution, brutality or death by starvation. What hypocrites these Germans are!