Demjanjuk Removed by Ambulance

US set to deport alleged Nazi; Germany expects him tomorrow
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 11, 2009 3:52 PM CDT
A World War II-era military service pass for John Demjanjuk is seen in this exhibit released by the Department of Justice in Washington, Feb. 21, 2002.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Suspected Nazi death-camp guard John Demjanjuk was taken from his home by ambulance today as US immigration agents prepared to deport him to Germany. It was not clear where the ambulance was taking the 89-year-old Demjanjuk, who is wanted on a Munich arrest warrant that accuses him of 29,000 counts of accessory to murder as a guard at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

A German Justice Ministry spokesman said the retired autoworker was expected to be in Germany by tomorrow. Demjanjuk says he was held by the Germans as a Soviet prisoner of war and was never a camp guard. Earlier today, his son, John Demjanjuk Jr., said an appeal in a US court would go ahead even if his father isn't in the country. The deportation "is inhuman even if the courts have said it is lawful," Demjanjuk said.