How Justice Caught Up with Ivan Demjanjuk

Aug. 10 2016

In 1984, a U.S. court, having concluded that John (né Ivan) Demjanjuk had served as a guard at the Sobibor and Treblinka death camps, stripped him of his citizenship and extradited him to Israel. There he was tried and convicted of being the notoriously sadistic guard known to Treblinka’s prisoners as “Ivan the Terrible.” But when new evidence came to light that Ivan the Terrible was someone else, Demjanjuk was returned to the U.S. and given back his citizenship—until a new case was built against him and he was sent to stand trial in Germany. Reviewing Lawrence Douglas’s book about Demjanjuk, titled The Right Wrong Man, Kevin P. Spicer explains what made the second trial different:

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The Knesset Has Resumed Its Business, but Both Sides Have Broken Unwritten Rules

March 27 2020

Yesterday, eleven months of political stalemate in Israel appeared to have come to an end as the sitting prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his main rival, Benny Gantz, agreed to form a unity government together with some of the smaller parties. This development has fractured Gantz’s Blue and White party into its constituent factions. Meanwhile, the resignation of Yuli Edelstein as interim Knesset speaker—a position meant to be occupied for just a few hours, but which he has held for nearly a year—has allowed the Knesset to resume business as usual.

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Gantz, Israeli politics, Knesset