EPISODE 6: “Ohio v. War Crimes” (John Demjanjuk). Alex delves into the mystery of who is John Demjanjuk? Is he the kindly Cleveland grandpa that’s a victim of mistaken identity? Or is he the infamous and sadistic Nazi death camp guard, Ivan the Terrible? Or something else entirely…
Our guest is author and professor Lawrence Douglas who helps us understand this convoluted and disturbing story. Douglas the author of the incredible 2016 book, The Right Wrong Man breaks down the nearly 40 year legal odyssey to determine one simple question: who was John Demjanjuk during World War II? Buy Lawrence’s book The Right Wrong Man. https://www.amazon.com/Right-Wrong-Man-Demjanjuk-Crimes-ebook/dp/B00U7OQMCE
This episode examines Demjanjuk’s legal battles in the US, Israel and Germany. Demjanjuk is the only person to twice lose his American citizenship. We also look back at previous Nazi war crime trials, Nuremberg and the trial of Adolf Eichmann. We relive the Holocaust and the people who perpatrated the most heinous crime of the 20th century.
Don’t forget to check out the new Netflix series “The Devil Next Door” which also focuses on Demjanjuk’s trial in Israel. Rate/review the show and don’t forget to email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org.