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The trial of Ivan the Terrible : state of Israel vs. John Demjanjuk
Teicholz, Tom.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1990.
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xi, 354 pages ; 24 cm
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Booklist Review

Was John Demjanjuk, a Ukrainian refugee from World War II who entered the U.S. in 1952, a quiet, hardworking resident of Cleveland, or was he Ivan the Terrible, a death-camp guard noted for his brutality and for personally killing and humiliating many Jewish victims? Or was he the same person in two opposite guises? Teicholz' book aims to investigate and answer that question but settles for an account of Demjanjuk's denaturalization hearing in the U.S., extradition to Israel, and trial as a war criminal. There are many important moral and legal issues in the Demjanjuk case that deserve attention, but Teicholz often is content to recount the witnesses' horrifying testimony of events at Treblinka and of Ivan/John's role in those events. Teicholz does make an effort to set the Demjanjuk case into the historical context of the Holocaust, but the author never comes up with a convincing explanation for the individual crimes that were committed in Ivan's name. Its investigative failings aside, this volume should find frequent use in the public library. Bibliography, notes. ~--John Brosnahan

Publisher's Weekly Review

New York City attorney Teicholz's powerfully dramatic reporting lifts the 1987 trial of convicted mass murderer John Demjanjuk to the level of the Adolf Eichmann trial in its moral intensity. A Ukrainian-born Cleveland factory worker, Demjanjuk was stripped of his U.S. citizenship and deported to Israel, accused of being ``Ivan the Terrible,'' sadistic Nazi butcher of the Treblinka death camp who personally murdered or tortured tens of thousands. At the trial, which the author attended, many survivors of Treblinka testified that Demjanjuk was Ivan. In his defense, he claimed it was a case of mistaken identity, yet the overwhelming weight of the evidence, as presented here, attests to his guilt. Teicholz clears up apparent inconsistencies in the documents that helped convict Demjanjuk. His moving account towers above the media's superficial reportage on the trial. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

On February 16, 1987, John Demjanjuk, a Ukrainian guard known by inmates at the infamous Treblinka concentration camp as ``Ivan the Terrible,'' went on trial in Jerusalem for Nazi war crimes. Teicholz sketches out briefly the Holocaust in Eastern Europe, particularly focusing on the camps in Poland and the fate of Jews at the hands of Nazis and their Ukrainian collaborators. He also describes Demjanjuk's role in the Russian army, subsequent capture by the Germans, and role as a guard at Treblinka. The major part of this book, however, is about Demjanjuk's trial in Israel after being deported by the United States for having filed false immigration papers after the war, hiding his Nazi past. This journalistic account sets the record straight on this long-percolating case. A riveting tale of inhumanity that is recommended to a wide audience.-- Sanford R. Silverburg, Catawba Coll., Salisbury, N.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.