John Demjanjuk - AP - 12.4.2011
Image released by the U.S. Department of Justice Feb. 21, 2002 showing annotations made by the Department of Justice on a section of a World War II-era SS identity card. Photo by AP
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John Demjanjuk, 91, was found guilty in a German court in Munich on Thursday of helping to kill at least 28,060 Jews as a Nazi camp guard in Sobibor, Poland, in World War Two.

Here are some details about Demjanjuk and his trial:

Life details:

* Born on April 3, 1920, in Kiev, Ukraine, Demjanjuk said he was drafted into the Soviet army in 1941 and was taken prisoner of war by the Germans a year later.

* Prosecutors said that as a prisoner of war he worked as a guard at the Sobibor death camp in Poland, where an estimated 250,000 Jews were killed.

* He emigrated to the United States in the early 1950s and became a naturalized citizen in 1958, working as an engine mechanic in Ohio.


Demjanjuk on trial:

* He was stripped of his U.S. citizenship in 1981 and extradited to Israel, where he was sentenced to death in 1988 after Holocaust survivors said he was the notorious guard "Ivan the Terrible" at the Treblinka camp where 870,000 people died.

* The Israeli Supreme Court overturned his conviction and death sentence in 1993 and freed him after newly released records from the former Soviet Union showed another man, Ivan Marchenko, was probably the Treblinka guard.

* He returned to his home near Cleveland in 1993 and, in 1998, the United States restored his citizenship. But the U.S. Justice Department the following year refiled its case against him, arguing he had worked for the Nazis as a guard at three other death camps and had hidden the facts when he emigrated.


* A federal judge rescinded his citizenship in 2002 and he was ordered to be deported in 2005. He fought deportation for years in a number of courts but Germany finally issued an arrest warrant charging him with complicity in the death of 28,060 Jews and requested his deportation.

A new trial:

* Germany's Constitutional Court turned down an appeal in 2009 from Demjanjuk, clearing the way for a new trial to start. Demjanjuk was deported from the United States in May 2009 and has been in jail near Munich ever since.


* In July 2009, another appeal was turned down, rejecting Demjanjuk's argument that his deportation from the United States infringed his basic rights.


* The Simon Wiesenthal Center has said Demjanjuk pushed men, women and children into gas chambers at Sobibor. Demjanjuk has denied any role in the Holocaust. His family had argued he was too frail to stand trial.

* During the trial Demjanjuk threatened to go on hunger strike unless the court allowed him to present evidence from a KGB file from Russia and Ukraine that could exonerate him.

* Prosecutors demanded a six-year jail term but could have sought a term of up to 15 years.

* In closing arguments, Demjanjuk's defense team demanded that he be awarded damages for false imprisonment.

* Demjanjuk's defense attorneys said ahead of the sentencing that they would appeal any guilty verdict.