Welcome to the Modern Typewriter, a daily blog to discuss topics that can’t be answered easily, or are just some fun topics! Today is March 11th, 2009, I’m Royce, and I’m here to talk about a recent news article about a German man charged for the crimes of being a Nazi Death Camp Guard.
Mr. John Demjanjuk, aged 88, is assumed to be responsible for a least the deaths of 29,000 Jews in the death camp of Treblinka during the Holocaust. Treblinka death camp was located in Nazi-occupied Poland during the years 1942-1942.
Demjanjuk denies that he was a Nazi guard. He says he was merely a prisoner of war of the Nazis, rather than a guard. But the documents he wrote the few years after the Holocaust proved that he was indeed a guard.
Investigators found lists of names of people who he personally led to the gas chambers at Treblinka. He was nicknamed, “Ivan the Terrible.”
Ivan Demjanjuk was born in the Ukraine.
In the 1980’s, he was sentenced to death in Israel, but the Supreme Court spared him, finding evidence suggesting that he was not the guard at Treblinka death camp.
In the year 2002, he was stripped of his citizenship by a US Immigration Judge, who had found enough evidence to prove that he was a Nazi guard.
Currently, authorities are deciding where to send him, seeing how they do not wish to have him here in the United States.
“I personally think he should be put to death. He is responsible for the deaths of almost 30,000 innocent people. Does he have the right to live? I believe not. He helped commit a crime against humanity. He personally led 29,000 Jews to the gas chambers at Treblinka. I think the only place he belongs is on death row.” says Melanie, a writer at the Modern Typewriter.
“Until they are exactly sure whether or not this man is responsible for these deaths, I think they should just hold him in a jail until further evidence is found. Because it is only fair that you provide enough evidence to totally prove that he committed these crimes. Otherwise, I believe it is unfair to just send him out of the country if you don’t have enough evidenciary support for your point.” says Cody, another writer.
So what do you think? Should he be jailed? Let go? Leave us a comment to express your opinion!
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News Article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7937408.stm
Picture Taken From: http://faculty.berea.edu/gowlers/remembering/treblinka/Rail_Memorial.jpg