Demjanjuk: date set for war crimes trial

By Jessica Elgot, October 8, 2009

The trial of alleged Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk has been set for November 30 in Munich, where he will be charged with the murder of 27,900 Jews.

Demjanjuk, 89, is accused of having been a guard at the Sobibor extermination camp in Poland from March to September 1943.

He denies the charges, claiming he was captured by the Germans while fighting as a member of the Red Army in the Ukraine and was a German prisoner-of-war. He moved to America after the war.

In 1988, he was sentenced to death in Israel for crimes against humanity after Holocaust victims claimed he was a guard at Treblinka. The conviction was overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court and Demjanjuk was allowed to return to Ohio.

Prosecutors in Germany now claim they have evidence of his Nazi background, including many witnesses and an SS identity card which shows he was posted to the death camp in Sobibor in 1943.

The trial conditions limit court sessions to two 90-minute periods daily.

Last updated: 3:44pm, October 8 2009