Accessory Vs. Perpetrator: Holocaust - An Account Of A
Racially Driven Industrial Homicidal Crime
5 December 2009
By Gilad Atzmon
German State Prosecutors Hans-Joachim Lutz announced
yesterday that Mr John Demjanjuk, 89, is accused of
being an ‘accessory’ of the death of 27,900 Jews.
Many of us may not understand what the legal notion of
‘accessory’ stands for. An ‘accessory’ is a person who
assists in the commission of a crime, but who does not
actually participate in the commission of the crime as
a joint principal.
Bearing that in mind. I wonder what Demjanjuk’s court
case is there to serve?
Clearly geriatric Demjanjuk is not a danger to
society. He is neither blamed for being a murderer nor
accused of being a mass murderer. Being an alleged
‘accessory’ he is not exactly the story of the Shoa
either. If the Holocaust is an account of a racially
driven industrial homicidal crime, a Ukrainian POW
serving as a German guard while being a prisoner is
not exactly a story of a principal executioner. If
this court case is aimed at perpetuating the message
of the holocaust, all it really does is spread the
opposite message. It only proves once again that the
Holocaust ideology is revengeful and merciless.
If the Germans are really after a last Holocaust
spectacular trial can’t they pick something slightly
more juicy than an ‘alleged accessory’?
In1986 John Demjanjuk was extradited to Israel where
he was put on trial. According to the Israeli
prosecutors, Demjanjuk was brought to a German POW
camp in Chelmno in July 1942. He then volunteered to
collaborate with the Germans and was sent to the camp
at Trawniki, where he was trained to guard prisoners
and was given a firearm, a uniform, and an ID card
with his photograph. The principal allegation was that
Demjanjuk was in fact "Ivan the Terrible" the
notorious cold blooded murderer of Treblinka. On April
18, 1988, the Israeli court found Demjanjuk guilty of
all charges. One week later it sentenced him to death
In 1993, five Israeli Supreme Court judges overturned
the guilty verdict on appeal. They realised that the
case against Demjanjuk was based on ‘mistaken
identification’. “We restrained ourselves” the Israeli
judges wrote, “from convicting the appellant of the
horrors of Treblinka. Ivan Demjanjuk has been
acquitted by us, because of doubt, of the terrible
charges attributed to Ivan the Terrible of Treblinka”
By the time the Israeli supreme court decided to
release Demjanjuk the Israeli Attorney General was
fully aware of John Demjanjuk being a guard in Sobibor.
And yet he decided not to pursue accessory charges
against him. Amongst other arguments in favour of
Demjanjuk’s release Israeli Attorney General claimed
that “new charges would be unreasonable given the
seriousness of those of which he had been acquitted”
he also argued that “conviction on the new charges
(being a German guard) would be unlikely”. The Israeli
Attorney General grasped that charging Demjanjuk for
being an accessory would be counter effective.
Seemingly the German legal system lacks that necessary
‘Jewish’ wisdom performed by Israeli supreme judges
and Attorney general. As it seems, the German court
found a very embarrassing method to deal with the
German past. They are now charging a dying
Ukrainian/American for attempting to survive a Nazi
POW camp by collaborating. That is, a onetime German
prisoner became an ‘accessory’ of the German killing
If the Germans are insisting to search for Nazi
collaborators and brutal ‘accessories’, survivor
Israel Shahak can adivise them where to find them.
“Every Jewish child was taught (in the Ghettos)” says
Shahak that "if you enter a square from which there
are three exits, one guarded by a German SS man, one
by a Ukrainian and one by a Jewish policeman, then you
should first try to pass the German, and then maybe
the Ukrainian, but never the Jew".( Prof. Israel
Shahak, 19 May 1989. Kol Ha'ir, Jerusalem).
Apparently, this story is reflected in many survivors’
personal and academic accounts. The Jewish capos and
Judenrat were the most brutal of them all.
I think that the Germans better move on and let go of
their past. Composing great symphonies and writing
philosophy is by far a superior contribution to
humanity than Holocaust trials. Guilt is a futile and
destructive mode of being. However, if the Germans
still feel at fault, they better transform their guilt
into responsibility. They better remember that the
Palestinians are de facto the last victims of Hitler.
Their ordeal is far from being over. If the Germans
feel culpable about their past they should never send
German warships to Israel. If Germans are concerned
with their history they better transform it into
meaning. Rather than charging an 89 year old for being
an alleged ‘accessory’ they better bring to justice
some of the perpetrators of genocidal crimes that are
taking place in front of our eyes.
Rather than pushing old Demjanjuk into court in a
wheelchair, the German ministry of Justice better
pursue Tony Blair, George Bush, Ehud Barak, Ehud
Olmert, Tzipi Livni, and Shimon Peres. They are all
free and healthy enough to stand a trial. Unlike
alleged accessory Demjanjuk they are all perpetrators
of colossal crimes against humanity.