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12 of The Best Podcast Episodes for John Demjanjuk. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about John Demjanjuk, often where they are interviewed.

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12 of The Best Podcast Episodes for John Demjanjuk. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about John Demjanjuk, often where they are interviewed.

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EP 45: John Demjanjuk: War Criminal? Or Victim of Mistaken Identity?

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This week on Hashtag History, we are discussing John Demjanjuk. In 1975, the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service received a list of individuals living in the United States that were suspected of having supported Germany during the Second World War. One particular name on this list was that of John Demjanjuk, a fifty-five year old naturalized US citizen living in the suburbs of Seven Hills, Ohio with his wife and kids. He would be identified by Holocaust survivors in Israel that alleged that he was the notorious “Ivan the Terrible” that worked at the Treblinka extermination camp where hundreds of thousands of Jews were killed. Demjanjuk would deny these accusations and would fight it in court for the remainder of his life. When he died in 2012, a final judgment on his appeal still hadn’t been issued, meaning that - to this day - Demjanjuk is technically, on paper, innocent…

So is this a case of one of the most horrific Nazis of all time being convicted for his crimes? Or is it an innocent man and a victim of mistaken identity?

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Sep 29 2020 · 44mins
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July 29, 2020: John Demjanjuk Acquitted

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On this day in 1993, retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk appeared before the Israeli Supreme Court after appealing his 1988 conviction. He’d been sentenced to death for crimes committed during World War Two.

Jul 29 2020 · 15mins

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War Crimes - John Demjanjuk

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In the 1980’s John Demjanjuk was known, to his friends and family, as the Cleveland grandfather. A gentle, kind soul who would always be willing to lend a hand if a neighbors bicycle was broken. However, he was accused of being one of the most violent Nazi concentration camp guards who could be responsible for the deaths of nearly 30,000 people. Was this a mistaken identity, or could he be one of the most evil men to ever walk this planet?
Jul 28 2020 · 35mins
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Episode 501: John Demjanjuk: The Hunting of a Nazi

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On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the crazy case of a Cleveland man named John Demjanjuk, and the decades long court battle to prove he was the evil Ivan the Terrible. Ivan the Terrible was a guard at the gas chambers in the Treblenka concentration camp. He was notorious for stabbing the prisoners with a saber, cutting their ears off on their way to a work shift, rape, killing babies, and nailing people’s ears to the walls of the death chamber. If John Demjanjuk was truly Ivan the terrible, he deserved to pay for his crimes. But the battle in various international courts were a roller coaster of evidence. Was he Ivan the Terrible?

What is known about Demjanjuk is that he was born in the Soviet Union in 1920 He survived the Holodomor famine, worked on a state-owned farm, and was finally drafted into the Soviet Army in 1940. While there, he fought in the horrible Battle of Kerch Peninsula where Soviet Casualties were above 570,000 in five months. He was captured and taken as a prisoner of war. However, the Germans used their Soviet POWs in some concentration camps. Many of the Soviet prisoners hated the Jews so much, that they would become complicit in the final solution.

At the end of the war, he was bounced around a bit, got married, and settled in Ohio. He became an American citizen, had four children, and worked at a Ford Plant. The American Dream. But, in 1975, a reporter brought evidence to a US Senator, and the court saga was on! His American citizenship was stripped, and he was extradited to Israel to stand trial for crimes against humanity. Through a very emotional case filled with dozens of eyewitness horror stories, Demjanjuk was found guilty and given the death penalty. But, there was an appeal.

And then an appeal to an appeal, and a crazy bunch of court madness that took him Israel back to the US and then Germany to stand a second trial. Janet Reno even got involved. Once the Soviet Union Collapsed, thousands of records that may pertain to his case were declassified as the KGB vanished. And that brought a whole new batch of evidence.

So, what crimes was he finally convicted of by Germany? How did he only get five years jail time? How did he die before he could ever serve his sentence? What were the full crimes of the notorious Ivan the Terrible? How bad was Treblinka? Who else might have been Ivan the Terrible if it wasn’t Demjanjuk, and what ever happened to that guy?

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Jul 24 2020 · 1hr 46mins

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17 Shevat: John Demjanjuk

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Feb 12 2020 · 3mins
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Mighty Interesting Ep.1 - Ivan the Terrible - The Curious Case of John Demjanjuk

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Glenn and Thom explore the case of John Demjanjuk, who was accused of being the torturous and cruel nazi operator of the gas chambers at Treblinka known as 'Ivan the Terrible".

Nov 24 2019 · 1hr
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Ep. 6: "Ohio v. War Crimes" (John Demjanjuk)

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EPISODE 6: "Ohio v. War Crimes” (John Demjanjuk). Alex delves into the mystery of who is John Demjanjuk? Is he the kindly Cleveland grandpa that’s a victim of mistaken identity? Or is he the infamous and sadistic Nazi death camp guard, Ivan the Terrible? Or something else entirely...

Our guest is author and professor Lawrence Douglas who helps us understand this convoluted and disturbing story. Douglas the author of the incredible 2016 book, The Right Wrong Man breaks down the nearly 40 year legal odyssey to determine one simple question: who was John Demjanjuk during World War II? Buy Lawrence’s book The Right Wrong Man. https://www.amazon.com/Right-Wrong-Man-Demjanjuk-Crimes-ebook/dp/B00U7OQMCE

This episode examines Demjanjuk’s legal battles in the US, Israel and Germany. Demjanjuk is the only person to twice lose his American citizenship. We also look back at previous Nazi war crime trials, Nuremberg and the trial of Adolf Eichmann. We relive the Holocaust and the people who perpatrated the most heinous crime of the 20th century.

Don’t forget to check out the new Netflix series “The Devil Next Door” which also focuses on Demjanjuk’s trial in Israel. Rate/review the show and don’t forget to email the show at ohiovtheworld@gmail.com.
Nov 10 2019 · 1hr 13mins
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Lawrence R. Douglas, “The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial” (Princeton UP, 2016)

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In his new book, The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial (Princeton University Press 2016), Lawrence R. Douglas, the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College examines the trial of John Demjanjuk. The Right Wrong Man examines Demjanjuk’s legal odyssey that began in 1975. Over the course of the next several decades Demjanjuk was tried twice, first in Israel where he was thought to be “Ivan the Terrible of Treblinka” only to be exonerated, owing to a case of mistaken identity. He was then tried in Munich for his actual crimes as a guard at the Sobibor death camp. The Right Wrong Man is a fascinating look at the law’s effort to bring closure to the horrific events of the Holocaust.

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Nov 27 2017 · 47mins
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Lawrence R. Douglas, “The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial” (Princeton UP, 2016)

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In his new book, The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial (Princeton University Press 2016), Lawrence R. Douglas, the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College examines the trial of John Demjanjuk. The Right Wrong Man examines Demjanjuk’s legal odyssey that began in 1975. Over the course of the next several decades Demjanjuk was tried twice, first in Israel where he was thought to be “Ivan the Terrible of Treblinka” only to be exonerated, owing to a case of mistaken identity. He was then tried in Munich for his actual crimes as a guard at the Sobibor death camp. The Right Wrong Man is a fascinating look at the law’s effort to bring closure to the horrific events of the Holocaust.

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Nov 27 2017 · 47mins
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Lawrence R. Douglas, “The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial” (Princeton UP, 2016)

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In his new book, The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial (Princeton University Press 2016), Lawrence R. Douglas, the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College examines the trial of John Demjanjuk. The Right Wrong Man examines Demjanjuk’s legal odyssey that began in 1975. Over the course of the next several decades Demjanjuk was tried twice, first in Israel where he was thought to be “Ivan the Terrible of Treblinka” only to be exonerated, owing to a case of mistaken identity. He was then tried in Munich for his actual crimes as a guard at the Sobibor death camp. The Right Wrong Man is a fascinating look at the law’s effort to bring closure to the horrific events of the Holocaust.

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Nov 27 2017 · 47mins
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