Looking Back on the Demjanjuk Trial in Munich*
March 1, 2012 | Prof. Johannes Houwink ten Cate
In Munich, the seventeen-month trial of ninety-year-old Ivan (John) Demjanjuk, which may have been one of the last trials dealing with Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, ended with Demjanjuk’s conviction in May 2011. This trial was a novelty, marking one of the first times in German legal history that a non-German national had to stand trial for the murder, during the Third Reich, of non-German nationals that took place outside of Germany proper.
The Demjanjuk Trial: An Interim Assessment
July 1, 2010 | Prof. Johannes Houwink ten Cate
In Munich, in what is one of the last trials dealing with Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, the trial of ninety-year-old Ivan (John) Demjanjuk is now halfway through - a good opportunity for an interim assessment. It is worth reviewing for what Demjanjuk was indicted; the role the victims and their advisers play; the issues now under discussion in the courtroom; and how the trial is likely to end.