February 21, 2002


A federal judge in Cleveland, Ohio ruled today that John Demjanjuk was a Nazi guard at forced labor and death camps during World War II and therefore revoked his citizenship for the second time.

Today John Demjanjuk received a small measure of justice by finally being deprived of his United States citizenship, said Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Despite his lies, documentary evidence identified him as a death camp guard at the Sobibor death camp, he added.

For the families of the millions who died there, this at least takes away the sting that a death camp guard could proclaim he is a U.S. citizen, Hier concluded.

At the end of World War II, death camp guards fabricated excuses to seek refuge in the U.S. Many claiming they were anti-Communist and feared persecution if they returned to their native countries.

The Wiesenthal Center has been involved in the Demjanjuk case since its inception. Center officials attended the trial in Jerusalem, as well as following the hearings in the U.S.

For more information, contact the Centers Communications Department, 310-553-9036.