Demjanjuk trial hears how Nazi guards recruited

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March 17, 2010 14:59

 
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MUNICH — An expert witness in the trial of John Demjanjuk says former Soviet POWs used by the Nazis as death camp guards were not told what they were agreeing to do when they signed up.

Demjanjuk, a retired Ohio auto worker who was once a Soviet soldier, is accused of agreeing to serve the SS as a guard at Sobibor after his capture. He is standing trial on 27,900 counts of accessory to murder.

Though he says he was never a guard, the defense has also argued Soviet POWs only agreed to serve to escape death themselves and did not know how they would be used.

Historian Dieter Pohl testified Wednesday they were told they were agreeing to general "German service" and would not have to fight the Red Army.

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