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May 06, 1988 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-05-06

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FRONTLIN ES

The Attorneys Division
State of Israel Bonds
Development Corporation for Israel

Cordially invites you to attend the presentation of

THE STATE OF ISRAEL
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT HUMANITIES AWARDS
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JUDGE AVERN L. COHN

JUSTICE CHARLES L LEVIN

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John Demjanjuk is carried into court April 18 to hear the verdict in his
war crime trial. He is likely to be hanged.

The Final Chapter
For John Demjanjuk

TRIBUTE DINNER

with distinguished guest speaker

HELEN DAVIS

Israel Correspondent

erusalem — When
John Demjanjuk ar-
rived in Israel in
February 1986, just days after
the United States Supreme
Court rejected his appeal
against extradition to Israel,
he was a cheerful, avuncular
figure.
Prison guards soon reported
that he exercised regularly in
his cell —• 50 push-ups each
morning — and that he was
eager to learn Hebrew.
When he arrived back at
the Ayalon Jail in Ramle —
midway between Jerusalem
and Tel Aviv — late last Mon-
day afternoon, two hours
after being sentenced to
death, he was a very different
man.
Pushed along in a wheel-
. chair because he was suf-
fering from backache, he
mumbled incoherently to
himself and, according to one
eyewitness, "looked like
someone who was in deep
shock, someone whose world
had just collapsed!'
When, at last, he was
delivered back into his cell,
he lay on his cot, "staring at
the ceiling and groaning like
a wounded animal?'
Demjanjuk, convicted by
three Israeli judges of being
Ivan the Terrible, a sadistic
guard at the Treblinka death
camp in Nazi-occupied Poland
who was responsible for the
deaths of thousands of Jews,
is now awaiting the outcome
of a mandatory appeal that
will be considered by a five-
man panel of Supreme Court
judges.

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U.S. SENATOR CARL LEVIN

Honorary Dinner Chairman
FRANK J. KELLEY

Attorney General
of the State of Michigan

Dinner Chairman
LEON S. COHAN

Senior Vice President and General Counsel -
Detroit Edison Co.

Associate Dinner Chairmen

J. LEONARD HYMAN

Hyman, Gurwin, Nachman,
Gold & Alterman

IRA J. JAFFE

Jaffe, Snider,
Raitt & Heuer

ALAN E. SCHWARTZ

Honigman Miller
Schwartz & Cohn

SUSAN WINSHALL

Susan Winshall &
Associates, P.C.

Wednesday evening, May 11

Reservations: 557-2900

Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Couvert $50 per person

STATE OF ISRAEL BONDS
SHELDON L. MILLER
SAUL BLUESTONE

Metro Detroit Attorneys Division Co-Chairmen

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FRIDAY, MAY 6, 1988

According to legal experts,
however, the 68-year-old
former Ukrainian has little to
hope for. His defense, they say,
was founded on the remote
possibility that the court
would accept a series of im-
plausible contentions:
• That a succession of
Treblinka survivors and a
former SS guard at the camp
had all mistakenly identified
him as Ivan the Terrible;
• That the Soviet authori-
ties had conspired to forge an
identity document which
placed him in the Trawniki
camp, where Red Army de-
serters were trained by the
German SS to be concentra-
tion camp guards;
• That he was at the
Chelm prisoner-of-war camp
when he was alleged to have
been a guard at Treblinka, a
claim that was proved to be
historically impossible;
• That the scar under his
arm, precisely where mem-
bers of the SS received an
identifying tattoo, was the
result of a battle injury.
"This kind of defense —
sometimes called 'multiple
choice' but more aptly 'all or
nothing' — rarely succeeds
before judges or juries?' ac-
cording to Professor Alan
Dershowitz, a specialist in
criminal law at Harvard, who
has closely followed the case.
"The reason for its poor
track record is that it requires
the (judges) to find too much
bad faith on the part of too
many people?'
After all the evidence was
heard, according to Israeli
legal experts, there was no
room for doubt that Demjan-
juk was Ivan the Terrible;

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