Nazi guard seeks to halt deportation

Associated Press / April 2, 2009
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CLEVELAND - An Ohio man with a reputed Nazi past is asking the United States to block his deportation to Germany, citing humanitarian reasons. John Demjanjuk made the request in a document filed yesterday with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Demjanjuk, who turns 89 tomorrow, is charged in an arrest warrant in Germany with 29,000 counts of acting as an accessory to murder while working as a guard at a Nazi death camp during World War II.

In the statement dated Tuesday, Demjanjuk tells ICE he is in poor physical condition and that being sent to Germany would be inappropriate and degrading treatment. John Demjanjuk Jr. said yesterday that his father's worsening health prompted the decision to contact US immigration officials. He has said his father suffers from chronic kidney disease and other ailments.

Demjanjuk was sentenced to death in 1988 after being tried and convicted in Israel for war crimes. In 1993, the Israeli Supreme Court determined he was not the notorious Nazi death camp guard Ivan the Terrible.

The charges now place him as a guard at Sobibor in the war.