ADL Welcomes Justice 'Long Overdue' For Nazi War Criminal John Demjanjuk

New York, NY, May 12, 2011 …The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the conviction of Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk by a German court which sentenced him to five years in prison for aiding the Nazis in the murder of at least 28,000 Jews at the Sobibor death camp during World War II. 

"This is a small measure of justice, long overdue, for Holocaust survivors and the victims of John Demjanjuk," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor. "This closes this chapter in what has been perhaps the longest pursuit of justice against a former Nazi war criminal. 

"While there was never any doubt about his complicity in the Holocaust, Demjanjuk lied about his role and played the system for years in a bid to escape prosecution for his crimes," said Mr. Foxman. "It is ironic and somewhat fitting that he finally met with justice in a courtroom in Germany." 

Demjanjuk, 91, was found guilty in the Munich Regional Court after nearly 18 months of trial testimony that placed the Ukraine native as a guard at the Nazi-run Sobibor death camp in Poland in 1943. A former Cleveland autoworker, Demjanjuk was stripped of his U.S.citizenship and, in 2009, extradited to Germany for prosecution.