April 14th, 2009
03:37 PM ET

Agents pick up Nazi war crimes suspect for likely deportation


Nazi war crimes suspect John Demjanjuk was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Tuesday for an expected deportation to Germany.

They picked him up at his home in Cleveland, Ohio.

German authorities have accused Demjanjuk, 89, of involvement in killings at Sobibor, a Nazi death camp in Poland, during World War II. He has denied the allegations.


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  1. Mike in NYC

    Just to put this in perspective, Lazar Kaganovich, the Soviet official who helped engineer the Ukrainian famine of the 1930's, died peacefully in his bed in Moscow in the early 1990's. (Ironically, he was Jewish.) Needless to say, he was never brought to justice, nor were there any official calls for that to be done.

    @Martina Ilstad Germany:

    How do you know that he killed anyone? All that's alleged is that he was a guard. To some, that's enough. To me, that's certainly not enough to justify what's being done to him.

    April 14, 2009 at 8:18 pm |
  2. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Met many Americans who were slaves Lambwe? I'd say given the pathetic attempt of black Africa to govern itself, the colonial days weren't all that bad.

    April 14, 2009 at 8:16 pm |
  3. Lampe

    Where and when have Black People reconciled and moved on? When articles are written on almost every blog, everyday about Racism, Blacks in Jail, Blacks not making as much money, or having as many rights. Sorry but, it just doesn't seem to me that we have moved on from anything.

    April 14, 2009 at 7:55 pm |
  4. Mike Syracuse, NY

    @Keith, you forgot to forgive the blacks who rounded up their fellow Africans, enslaved, and sold them to whites in the first place. If you look at the history of slavery, you would see it existed in Africa long before there even was a United States.

    April 14, 2009 at 7:55 pm |
  5. Lambwe Munyama

    Black people in America and some parts of Africa still remember the atrocities commited by colonial and slave masters. Are they going to pursue these matters? I doubt it. They reconciled and moved on. Learn to forgive for we are all not sinless.

    April 14, 2009 at 7:36 pm |
  6. Ilona, Tempe, AZ

    "this ol dude" was a member of the Nazi kiling machine. Letting him go unpunished is an insult to the victims and survivors of the holocaust and their descendants.

    April 14, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  7. markinbird

    Deporting this man over inaccuracies on his immigration statements is like arresting Al Capone for income tax evasion...except Capone was still a threat. It underscores the ineffectiveness of law enforcement to prosecute the real crimes in both cases.

    April 14, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  8. Martina Ilstad Germany

    I am German(born long time after the II war).I court not understand that the US Immigration takes so long time to send this monster back to Germany. I am so satisfied that this Nazi Killer realize that there is no justic way, no hidingplace in the wold he court life a unconcered life.He has to pay,for what he has done to the people in a Nazi death camp in Poland,no matter how old he is,or how health is( He has no compassion for the people,he killed).Now i am verry curios,how the German goverment will handel the process.

    April 14, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  9. Keith

    Absolutely rediculous... Ivan the so-called terrible is no more terrible than the founders and the base foundation of this great country (America)... Black American's have forgiven the "founding fathers, presidents, lawmakers and/or actual slave owners" for the jacking of "all" of our birth given rights... WE FORGIVE YOU... America need to learn how to forgive, not forget but forgive... America is not the moral judge! This ol dude is 90 yrs old... come on now... this sounds like some good ol boy stuff... If america was to be punished for her crimes would she still be standing...

    April 14, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  10. Annie Kate

    If he is guilty of war crimes, beyond a reasonable doubt, he should pay for his crimes. This one seems a bit suspect to me because they charged first for working at Treblinka concentration camp and now they charge him for working at the Sobiboor camp. After this many years I hope the authorities can prove their case and that any conviction forthcoming from the trial not be overturned by a higher court when appealed. I'd like all the war criminals caught and prosecuted but we need to be very sure they are who we claim them to be.

    April 14, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  11. Michael C. McHugh

    It's against the law for people like these to be in the country in the first place, much less to get citizenship. He never should have been here at all,even though we are a day late and a dollar short in finally deporting him.

    April 14, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  12. Baze

    This guy looks histerical in that picture

    April 14, 2009 at 3:47 pm |