Ohio Autoworker Faces Nazi War Crimes Trial

Nazi hunter seeks extradition of 88-year-old accused of wartime atrocities
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2008 3:05 AM CST
Accused killer Nazi John Demjanjuk laughs in Israel's Supreme Court in Jerusalem in this 1992 file photo.    (AP Photo/Nati Harnik )
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(Newser) – Germany's top Nazi hunter is seeking the extradition of a retired Ohio autoworker accused of war crimes, the Times of London reports. The investigator says he finally has conclusive evidence that Ukrainian-born former SS trooper John Demjanjuk, 88, was the man know as Ivan the Terrible, responsible for the deaths of more than 29,000 Jews at the Sobibor extermination camp in Poland.

"We have found lists of people who Demjanjuk personally led into the gas chambers," said the Nazi hunter. Demjanjuk, whose earlier death sentence was overturned by an Israeli court in 1993, has long been listed as one of the world's most wanted war criminals. He has been stripped of his US citizenship but has remained in Ohio as a stateless alien because both his Ukraine homeland and Poland have refused to accept or try him.