Calgary Herald | 15May2011 | Orest Slepokura


Re: "Demjanjuk found guilty in deaths of 28,000 Jews," May 13, 2011.

The guilty verdict reached in the John Demjanjuk trial came nowhere near to meeting the legal standard of beyond a reasonable doubt. An ID card for the Trawniki SS training camp allegedly issued to Demjanjuk, an FBI report concluded, was "quite likely fabricated" by the Soviet government. The suspect document was the sole item introduced at the Munich trial linking the accused to the Sobibor concentration camp. No surviving Sobibor inmate placed him at the camp after 68 years, and those few scattershot, Soviet-era testimonies introduced in court included vague statements of dubious value. The grounds for appeal in this case are fertile indeed.

Orest Slepokura, Strathmore, AB

Calgary Herald | 17May2011 | Joseph Spier

Wheels of justice turned slowly for Demjanjuk

Re: "Injustice," Letter, May 15, 2011.

Orest Slepokura writes that the verdict in the trial of John Demjanjuk, finding him guilty of complicity in the deaths of 28,000 Jews in the Sobibor death camp during the Second World War, came nowhere near to meeting the legal standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

Slepokura, who presumably did not attend the trial, has substituted his opinion for the verdict of the trial judge who actually heard all of the evidence, viewed the demeanour of the witnesses and examined the documents.

The tragedy in the Demjanjuk case is not that he was found guilty, as Slepokura would have us believe, but that it took 66 years to bring Demjanjuk to justice.

Joseph Spier, Calgary, AB

Calgary Herald | 19May2011 | Lubomyr Luciuk

Different fates

Re: "Wheels of justice turn slowly for Demjanjuk," Letter, May 17, 2011.

Back in 1987, a New York City resident, Jacob Tannenbaum, was identified as a Jewish kapo who served the Nazis at the Gorlitz prison camp.

He was not prosecuted because of his age (75) and reported ill health. Explaining this leniency, Rabbi Marvin Hier, of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, proclaimed: "There are no Jewish John Demjanjuks." There also are no Ukrainian Jacob Tannenbaums.

Lubomyr Luciuk, Toronto

Lubomyr Luciuk is director of research for the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association.