Historian doubts alleged Nazi Demjanjuk's war-time account

August 4, 2010 17:03


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A US military historian is expressing doubts about John Demjanjuk's account of his whereabouts in the last years of World War II at the retired Ohio autoworker's trial over allegations he was a guard at the Nazis' Sobibor death camp.

Bruce W. Menning told the Munich state court Wednesday that Demjanjuk's claim he went to Graz, in 1944 to join a Ukrainian force fighting the Soviets under German command was "implausible" as the group only came through the Austrian city in March 1945.

But defense attorney Ulrich Busch rejected Menning's testimony, saying his account of historical events was partly wrong.

Demjanjuk is being tried on 28,060 counts of accessory to murder. He denies the charges and says he was never a camp guard.

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