Survivors Weep at Demjanjuk Trial

Names of Sobibor victims read aloud in court
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2009 5:10 PM CST
Files concerning the trial against presumed former concentration camp guard John Demjanjuk, are seen in a court room in Munich, southern Germany, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009.   (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, Pool)
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(Newser) – Survivors of Nazi concentration camps and relatives of victims shed tears today at the trial of accused guard John Demjanjuk. The plaintiffs heard a partial list of the 27,900 victims of the Sobibor death camp, where the prosecution alleges Demjanjuk worked. The defendant, strapped to a stretcher, held firm to his vow to not participate in the trial, opening his mouth only to pray to himself.

Prosecutor Hans Lutz read a 10-page list of charges against the 89-year-old Ukranian, alleging that Demjanjuk "mercilessly and callously" aided the slaughter of Jews at the hands of the Nazis "because he himself wanted their deaths, believing, too, in the racist ideology behind it," the Guardian reports.

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