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Eichmann in Jerusalem, Demjanjuk in the Hague

Lawrence Douglas, James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought

The ongoing trial of Ivan Demjanjuk, which started in Munich in December 2009, promises to be the last of the great trials involving Nazi atrocities. The Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk, who lived for decades in suburban Cleveland, stands accused of complicity in the deaths of 27,900 Jews during his service as a guard at the Sobibor death camp. We will examine the meaning of Demjanjuk’s bizarre legal odyssey, now in its third decade, and place it in the context of the larger struggle to bring perpetrators of the most extreme international crimes to justice.

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