MUNICH, Germany – A German court sentenced John Demjanjuk to five years in prison on Thursday for his role in the killing of 27,900 Jews at the Nazi death camp Sobibor.
His lawyers will appeal the verdict.
The Munich court found the 91-year-old guilty of being an accessory to mass murder as a guard at Sobibor camp in Poland during World War Two.
“Humanity owed this to the memory of the tortured and the dead,” Elan Steinberg of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants said, adding his “cynical manipulation of the legal system has at last been ended.”
Demjanjuk had been exonerated in a separate Holocaust trial two decades ago in Israel, where he was initially sentenced to death for being the notorious “Ivan the Terrible” camp guard at Treblinka in Poland. The ruling was overturned by Israel’s supreme court after new evidence exonerated him.
Ukraine-born Demjanjuk, who was once top of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of most wanted Nazi war criminals, said he was drafted into the Soviet army in 1941 then taken prisoner of war by the Germans.
Demjanjuk attended the 18-month court proceedings in Munich – birthplace of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi movement – in a wheelchair and sometimes lying down, with his family trying to argue that he was too frail to stand trial.
I do believe that to take someone’s life as if it were nothing, and murdering them, to me it takes an evil heart to do such a thing. And to show no remorse whatsoever…no repentence to Jesus Christ, shows that serving the devil and doing his evil deeds, is what you essentially believe in.
Jesus Christ specifically says that murderers are from the devil, that you stand in no truth.
“You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
Taking one life is horrible, but to take 27,900 Jews and murder them as if it were nothing, my own mind cannot grasp the evil that lays with mankind’s hearts.
Demjanjuk must realize that Jesus Christ is the only that Saves. He must realize this and repent from his sins, because the Bible tells us those that do not accept Christ will be tormented in the lake of fire for eternity. Our human minds cannot grasp what “eternity” is, so some of us go amongst our merry way, choosing to ignore God’s Word.
God speaks the truth, and I tell you the truth. Unless you repent, and believe in Jesus Christ, you will spend a never-ending eternity regretting it.
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Written by: Gloria