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Jewish Daily Forward | 05Dec2012 | JTA

Demjanjuk's Family Appeal Decision on Death
'Ivan the Terrible' Kin Say German Probe Should Continue

The family of John Demjanjuk appealed the decision by German prosecutors to close an investigation into the convicted Nazi war criminal’s death.

Prosecutors in the German state of Bavaria late last month determined that Demjanjuk’s death was not hastened by medication administered at a nursing home in Bavaria. Demjanjuk died while he was awaiting an appeal of his conviction last year by a Munich court for his role in the murder of 27,900 people at the Sobibor camp in Poland.

Ulrich Busch, an attorney for Demjanjuk, filed an appeal on Tuesday that said the decision contradicts “all medical knowledge” about the drug Novalgin, which was used to treat Demjanjuk, according to The Associated Press. The drug is common in Germany but banned in the United States and other countries.

Busch had filed a complaint in May with German prosecutors asking them to open an investigation of five doctors and a nurse, alleging that the pain medication they gave to Demjanjuk added to his kidney problems. Demjanjuk died on 17 March 2012 at age 91.

[W.Z. As they did in an earlier article, the Holocaust Industry repeats the use of the term "Ivan the Terrible" -- as used by five Jewish Nazi collaborators in the Jerusalem 1987 trial, who maliciously and falsely identified Mr. Demjanjuk as Ivan the Terrible of Treblinka. Secondly, the article describes Mr. Demjanjuk as a " convicted Nazi war criminal", when such a designation is inappropriate and false. Because the German Court of Appeal did not examine and rule on the validity of the verdict of the Munich lower court, Mr. Demjanjuk died and remains a person innocent of the charges against him.]



Demjanjuk's family asks for probe to be reopened

BERLIN (AP) -- The family of John Demjanjuk has appealed a prosecutor's decision to shelve an investigation into his death while awaiting an appeal on a Nazi war crimes conviction.

Bavarian prosecutors last week closed the investigation into whether pain medication given to Demjanjuk exacerbated his kidney problems, saying no evidence was found of medical errors.

But in the appeal filed Tuesday, Demjanjuk's attorney says the decision contradicts "all medical knowledge" about the drug Novalgin, which is commonly used in Germany but has been banned in the U.S. and elsewhere over safety concerns.

Demjanjuk's family is asking that charges be brought against five doctors and a nurse.

Demjanjuk was convicted in 2011 of serving as a death camp guard, which he always denied. He died on 17 March 2012 at age 91 while awaiting an appeal.