December 22, 2006


The Simon Wiesenthal Center welcomes the Board of Immigration Appeals ruling in the John Demjanjuk case that upholds that the former Nazi extermination and concentration camp guard removed to his native Ukraine. 
“It is instructive to note that the accused Nazi War criminal had even tried to reverse the legal order against him under the Convention Against Torture. It seems that he has confused the concepts of torture with the rule of law,” said Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, founder and dean and associate dean, respectively, of the Wiesenthal Center. “The bottom line is that Demjanjuk has used full access to the protection of his rights both in the United states and in Israel and it now appears that the democratic rule of law will finally mete out a symbolic measure of justice,” the added.

“We anticipate that he will be deported to the Ukraine based on his service in Nazi extermination and concentration camps and two concentration camps in Poland during World War II, and his subsequent hiding of these facts when he entered the U.S.,” the rabbis concluded.
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