John Demjanjuk Found Guilty of Aiding Nazis

John-Demjanjuk-1988John Demjanjuk, a former U.S. citizen who was once sentenced to death by an Israeli Court for his part in the Holocaust, has been found guilty of helping Nazis murder some 28,000 Jews during World War II.

The Munich Regional Court sentenced Demjanjuk to five years in prison on Thursday, but the 91-year-old former American autoworker was set free pending appeal. Demjanjuk was accused of aiding Nazis kill thousands of Jews imprisoned at the Sobibor death camp in Poland, which was then under the control of Germany. Thursday’s decision puts to a close a trial that lasted 18 months, and marks the end of one of the last remaining major Nazi-related cases in Germany.

It was the second conviction for Demjanjuk pertaining to his Nazi past. In 1988, Demjanjuk was sentenced to death in Israel for war crimes after he was identified as the notorious “Ivan the Terrible,” a Nazi jail guard who was partly responsible for the murder of Jews. However, his death sentence was overturned five years later after the Israeli court found that Demjanjuk was actually not the Nazi officer known as “Ivan the Terrible.”