Orest Slepokura writes: At 89, JD has eternity peeping over his shoulder. His 89 years have, for the most part, been years of torment and persecution. If you tick off on through the decades, you realize that JD's has been an epic story of profound suffering, which is likely to continue to the last day he draws breath. It's mind-blowing! And included in this is the hum-ho sense of business as usual that's part of this latest installment of torment and persecution in Germany. You pinch yourself until you're black and blue, and then realize that this is for real, and that JD's torments and persecution will go on as though they were a normal, seasonal feature, along with spring rain and winter snow, summer sun and autumn fog. What's no less amazing is the response to this torment and persecution: So abysmally downbeat. As if it was normal, natural, routine. It brings on a jarring realization that we're truly in an age of abject decadence -- degeneracy.
John Rosenthal places Demjanjuk’s story into perspective in Pajamas Media
“The smallest of the small fish.” This is how the Dutch law professor Christian F. Rüter has described John Demjanjuk and his role in the Nazi death camp system. Rüter is the co-editor of the projected 50 volume Justiz und NS-Verbrechen or “Nazi Crimes on Trial,” a comprehensive collection of trial judgments handed down by German courts in Nazi capital crimes cases.
Once upon a time, it was thought that Demjanjuk, born Ivan Demjanjuk in Ukraine, was “Ivan the Terrible,” a particularly sadistic Ukrainian guard at Treblinka. Israel even tried and convicted Demjanjuk for the crimes of Ivan. And then released him five years later after evidence emerged that Demjanjuk had been a victim of mistaken identity: he was not that Ivan, after all. “Nobody would pay any attention to Demjanjuk,” Rüter told the German daily Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) , “If the rumor had not stuck to him that he was ‘Ivan the Terrible’ — which he demonstrably is not.”