- German State Prosecutors Hans-Joachim Lutz announced
yesterday that Mr John Demjanjuk, 89, is accused of being an 'accessory'
of the death of 27,900 Jews.
- Many of us may not understand what the legal notion of
'accessory' stands for. An 'accessory' is a person who assists in the commission
of a crime, but who does not actually participate in the commission of
the crime as a joint principal.
- Bearing that in mind. I wonder what Demjanjuk's court
case is there to serve?
- Watch Video:
- Clearly geriatric Demjanjuk is not a danger to society.
He is neither blamed for being a murderer nor accused of being a mass murderer.
Being an alleged 'accessory' he is not exactly the story of the Shoa either.
If the Holocaust is an account of a racially driven industrial homicidal
crime, a Ukrainian POW serving as a German guard while being a prisoner
is not exactly a story of a principal executioner. If this court case is
aimed at perpetuating the message of the holocaust, all it really does
is spread the opposite message. It only proves once again that the Holocaust
ideology is revengeful and merciless.
- If the Germans are really after a last Holocaust spectacular
trial can't they pick something slightly more juicy than an 'alleged accessory'?
- In1986 John Demjanjuk was extradited to Israel where
he was put on trial. According to the Israeli prosecutors, Demjanjuk was
brought to a German POW camp in Chelmno in July 1942. He then volunteered
to collaborate with the Germans and was sent to the camp at Trawniki, where
he was trained to guard prisoners and was given a firearm, a uniform, and
an ID card with his photograph. The principal allegation was that Demjanjuk
was in fact "Ivan the Terrible" the notorious cold blooded murderer
of Treblinka. On April 18, 1988, the Israeli court found Demjanjuk guilty
of all charges. One week later it sentenced him to death by hanging.
- In 1993, five Israeli Supreme Court judges overturned
the guilty verdict on appeal. They realised that the case against Demjanjuk
was based on 'mistaken identification'. "We restrained ourselves"
the Israeli judges wrote, "from convicting the appellant of the horrors
of Treblinka. Ivan Demjanjuk has been acquitted by us, because of doubt,
of the terrible charges attributed to Ivan the Terrible of Treblinka"
- By the time the Israeli supreme court decided to release
Demjanjuk the Israeli Attorney General was fully aware of John Demjanjuk
being a guard in Sobibor. And yet he decided not to pursue accessory charges
against him. Amongst other arguments in favour of Demjanjuk's release Israeli
Attorney General claimed that "new charges would be unreasonable given
the seriousness of those of which he had been acquitted" he also argued
that "conviction on the new charges (being a German guard) would be
unlikely". The Israeli Attorney General grasped that charging Demjanjuk
for being an accessory would be counter effective.
- Seemingly the German legal system lacks that necessary
'Jewish' wisdom performed by Israeli supreme judges and Attorney general.
As it seems, the German court found a very embarrassing method to deal
with the German past. They are now charging a dying Ukrainian/American
for attempting to survive a Nazi POW camp by collaborating. That is, a
onetime German prisoner became an 'accessory' of the German killing machine.
- If the Germans are insisting to search for Nazi collaborators
and brutal 'accessories', survivor Israel Shahak can adivise them where
to find them. "Every Jewish child was taught (in the Ghettos)"
says Shahak that "if you enter a square from which there are three
exits, one guarded by a German SS man, one by a Ukrainian and one by a
Jewish policeman, then you should first try to pass the German, and then
maybe the Ukrainian, but never the Jew".( Prof. Israel Shahak, 19
May 1989. Kol Ha'ir, Jerusalem). Apparently, this story is reflected in
many survivors' personal and academic accounts. The Jewish capos and Judenrat
were the most brutal of them all.
- I think the Germans better move on and let go of their
past. Composing great symphonies and writing philosophy is by far a superior
contribution to humanity than Holocaust trials. Guilt is a futile and destructive
mode of being. However, if the Germans still feel at fault, they better
transform their guilt into responsibility. They better remember that the
Palestinians are de facto the last victims of Hitler. Their ordeal is far
from being over.
- If the Germans feel culpable about their past they should
never sell and send German warships to Israel. If Germans are concerned
with their history they better transform it into meaning. Rather than charging
an 89 year old for being an alleged 'accessory' they better bring to justice
some of the perpetrators of genocidal crimes that are taking place in front
of our eyes.
- Rather than pushing old Demjanjuk into court in a wheelchair,
the German ministry of Justice better pursue Tony Blair, George Bush, Ehud
Barak, Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni, and Shimon Peres. They are all free and
healthy enough to stand a trial. Unlike alleged accessory Demjanjuk they
are all perpetrators of colossal crimes against humanity.