Germany Reopens Nazi Investigations

    401399 01: A World War II-era military service pass from the U.S. Department of Justice shows John Demjanjuk whose U.S. citizenship was revoked for the second time February 21, 2002 by a U.S. District Court judge ruling he entered the country illegally by hiding his past as a Nazi death camp guard. Wartime documents revealed that Demjanjuk was a guard in three SS camps and had lied to enter the United States in 1952 and to win citizenship six years later. The 81-year-old retired auto worker living in Cleveland, OH could be deported to his native Ukraine. (Photo by U.S. Department of Justice/Getty Images)

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    German authorities have reopened the case files on hundreds of former Nazi death-camp guards, who now can be charged under the precedent set by the conviction of John Demjanjuk. A 91-year-old former guard at Sobibor in Poland, Demjanjuk was deported from the U.S. to Germany in 2009 and convicted of 28,060 counts of accessory to murder—the first time prosecutors have won a guilty sentence for Nazi-era crimes without direct evidence of participation in a specific killing. Demjanjuk is appealing the verdict, but given the age of the suspects, Germany does not plan to wait to reopen the investigations.

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