| 24Sep2009 | Interfax-Ukraine

Ukrainian Jewish Committee: Demyaniuk must not be allowed into Ukraine

The Ukrainian Jewish Committee has condemned the Lviv regional legislature's attempts to defend Ivan Demyaniuk, a former guard of Nazi concentration camps.

Lviv lawmakers claim that the Demyaniuk case is an international conspiracy, which allegedly aims to discredit Ukrainians and Ukraine in the eyes of the world public. "Undoubtedly, this case has been falsified and fabricated by the KGB a long time ago, and is now "being fuelled by the Russian FSB and other states, which have hastened to take in this provocative bait," the Lviv legislature said in an appeal to the Ukrainian president, prime minister and parliament.

The Jewish Committee said, meanwhile that, "Lviv lawmakers are making a big mistake, putting the words "Ukrainian" and "Nazi criminal" on the same footing.

"Ukrainians are perceived globally as a winning nation in World War II, a nation that suffered the largest losses in the fight against fascism. Lviv deputies' provocative appeals are asserting undesirable and unobjective associations in the minds of many," the Jewish Committee said in a statement on Thursday.

"The Nazi criminals and their accomplices have no nationality," the statement says.

[W.Z. Does this also apply to Israeli criminals, who perpetrate crimes against Palestinians, and the majority of the population of Israel, which condones and even supports these crimes?]

Although Demyaniuk is of Ukrainian ethnicity and is an old person, his possible extradition to Ukraine "is not desirable from the point of view of its negative impact on the country's image and his likely being used by Ukrainian nationalists for political purposes," the Jewish Committee said.

[W.Z. ???Political purposes???  But this is exactly what Germany, Russia, Israel and the OSI in the United States are doing!]

Demyaniuk, now 89 years old, was a Red Army soldier when the Great Patriotic War began. He was taken prisoner and he emigrated to the United States in 1952, where he was granted American citizen ship. In the late 1970s he was accused of being a guard in the Treblinka concentration camp, where he operated gas chambers, took part in he execution of over 100,000 people and tortured prisoners.

[W.Z.  The article completely omits the Jerusalem Show Trial of 1987-1988, Demjanjuk's death sentence, his exoneration by the Supreme Court of Israel on 29Jul1993 proving that the 5 "eyewitnesses" identifying Mr. Demjanjuk were lying through their teeth and that the OSI was guilty of prosecutorial misconduct constituting fraud on the court. It is patently obvious that Mr. Demjanjuk was never in Treblinka and that the Trawniki ID card implying that he was in Sobibor is a fraud.]

His trial was restarted in the United States in 2001. Proof was found in the archives that Demyaniuk was a guard in the Treblinka, Sobibor and Majdanek concentration camps. On May 12, 2009, he was deported to Germany in compliance with a court order. The Munich Prosecutor's Office accused Demyaniuk of participating in the killing of about 29,000 Jews in Sobibor.


Guest     (Guest) | 24.09.2009, 19:39

It is "touching" that this "Committee" is worried about Ukraine's image now! They were silent if not worse as today's free independent Ukraine was being born. There was much HYSTERIA and world wide cries of anti-Semitism and declarations of disaster -- (the break up of the Soviet Empire) -- and that this was "ugly".

On Sunday October 23rd, 1994, the CBS television network, through its Public Affairs Program 60 MINUTES broadcast a twelve minute program titled The Ugly Face of Freedom. The host was Morley Safer and it was produced by Jeffrey Fager. The program was a misrepresentation of Western Ukraine. It was quite apparent that this documentary was a textbook example of "Soviet-style" propaganda re: the relationship of Ukrainians with Jews in Ukraine.

This program was made possible by "connections" in Lviv...hmmm, who could that have been? This event has learning potential and should be viewed/discussed in all Ukrainian schools and universities of higher learning.

Jewish Telegraph Agency | 24Sep2009 | via Kyiv Post

Ukrainian council condemned for defending Demjanjuk

[W.Z. We note how the Israeli Press "smoothens" the language and the content of the "rough" language of their brethern in Ukraine.]

(JTA) -- The Ukrainian Jewish Committee has condemned the Lvov regional council for defending Nazi guard John Demjanjuk.

Lawmakers in the Ukrainian city of Lvov are claiming that the upcoming trial in Germany of Demjanjuk, who worked at the Sobibor concentration camp during World War II and was stripped of his U.S. citizenship and deported several months ago, is an international conspiracy to discredit Ukraine in world opinion, the Kiev Post reported Thursday.

The Ukrainian Jewish Committee said that the lawmakers are making "a big mistake."

"Ukrainians are perceived globally as a winning nation in World War II, a nation that suffered the largest losses in the fight against fascism. Lvov deputies' provocative appeals are asserting undesirable and unobjective associations in the minds of many," the committee said in a statement on Thursday.

Demjanjuk, 89, is charged in Germany with being an accessory to the murder of some 27,900 Jews in the gas chambers at the Sobibor extermination camp in Poland.

In the early 1980s, he was accused of being the notorious guard Ivan the Terrible at the Treblinka death camp, and he was deported to Israel in 1986 and sentenced to death in 1988. But the Israeli Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 1993 after finding reasonable doubt that he was Ivan the Terrible.

The U.S. Justice Department charged Demjanjuk with being a guard at Sobibor and revoked his citizenship in 2002 for lying about his Nazi past. His deportation was approved in 2005. Germany requested his extradition in March. He was extradited to Germany in May, where he remains in prison.