World Jewish Congress | 15Apr2010 | WJC

Demjanjuk’s ID card as Nazi camp guard authentic, expert witness says

An ID card being used as a key piece of evidence in the trial against Ivan (John) Demjanjuk appears to be original, an expert witness has told the court in Munich, Germany. The typeset and handwriting on the card matched with that used on four other cards believed to have been issued at the SS training camp at Trawniki, according to a police expert.

Demjanjuk is standing trial on 27,900 counts of being an accessory to murder on allegations he was a guard at the Nazis' Sobibor camp in occupied Poland during World War II. He has denied ever being at any Nazi camp and claimed he was the victim of mistaken identity. The 90-year-old could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Anton Dallmayer, from the Bavarian Bureau of Criminal Investigation, said that his examination of the ID cards showed that they were issued by the same person, using the same paper, and that they were printed on the same machine. However, Dallmayer could not confirm if the IDs were made during World War II.

Demjanjuk's attorney Ulrich Busch said that all four ID cards could be fakes. The defense maintains the Nazi ID card showing that Demjanjuk served time in Sobibor is a fake made by the Soviet secret service, the KGB.

The prosecution argues that when Demjanjuk -- who served in the Soviet Army -- was captured by the Germans in 1942, he volunteered to serve under the SS as a guard. Demjanjuk claims he spent most of the rest of the war in German prisoner-of-war camps before joining the so-called Vlasov Army of anti-communist Soviet POWs and others. That army was formed to fight with the Germans against the encroaching Soviets in the final months of the war.

Lubomyr Prytulak 2 days ago

There is no end of evidence that the Trawniki ID Card is a KGB creation, as for example:

(1) The "Demjanjuk" signature on the Trawniki ID Card is forged, to conceal which that signature has been rendered illegible: FORGED AND OBLITERATED: THINGS YOU WON'T READ IN WIKIPEDIA ABOUT THE TRAWNIKI ID CARD'S DEMJANJUK SIGNATURE

(2) It was not the German military but the KGB that glued the photograph of John Demjanjuk to the Trawniki ID Card: WHO GLUED THE DEMJANJUK PHOTOGRAPH TO TRAWNIKI CARD 1393?

(3) Among the rules of card creation that is broken is that the outer and inner stamps don't match: FOUR STAMP TYPES, FIVE STAMP PATTERNS: ANOTHER INSTANCE OF DEMJANJUK 1393 CARD UNIQUENESS

Sharon Booker 18 days ago

There is a problem with this ID Card.

The height stated on the card has Demjanjuk's height a few inches taller [shorter] than what he actually is. Also, the card has the wrong eye color stated on it.

I would like this expert to explain these items are not a match to the guy on trial.

More likely this ID Card is a forgery. The German military structure could not make that kind of error