Alleged Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk has arrived in Germany from the US to face charges of involvement in the killing of 29,000 Jews in Poland 1943.
The plane carrying him touched down in Munich this morning and he is now in custody in a jail near the city. The 89-year-old had fought his deportation but US courts finally rejected his appeals. One of the first decisions the court in Germany is expected to take is whether he is fit to stand trial. Demjanjuk, born in Ukraine, has denied any role in the Holocaust. He was sentenced to death in Israel more than 20 years ago on a charge of being the infamous Nazi camp guard “Ivan the Terrible”. But the country’s supreme court ruled on new evidence that it was probably someone else, and overturned the verdict. Demjanjuk has said he was drafted into the Russian army in 1941, and was a German prisoner of war until 1944. If the trial goes ahead it’s likely to be raising Germany’s last major Nazi case.