Nov 30, 2009

When POWs Become the Criminals

The word “genocide” gets thrown around a lot in our region. But lest we forget what genocide looks like, we note that the trial of retired Ohio auto-worker John Demjanjuk just got underway.

Unlike others who claimed to be following orders, Demjanjuk’s lawyers claim he “had no choice” but to help murder 27,900 people at the Sobibor death camp in Poland (pictured). As a Ukrainian POW, Demjanjuk was just a prisoner of the same in-humanity.

Oh boy. Time to brush up on famous POWs-turned-collaborators. This one is going to get messy.

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