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An 84-year-old Holocaust survivor now living in Florida said on Tuesday that he witnessed the incident in which Moshe Lisogorski was run over and killed in Germany in 1947 by a Ukrainian truck driver working for the US Army motor pool.
"I was right there. I saw exactly what happened," said Noah Neiman in a telephone interview, describing the incident as a deliberate attack by the driver on Lisogorski.
But the Polish-born Neiman, who worked in the motor pool garage in Ulm where the incident took place, stressed that he did not know the identity of the driver.
Lisogorski's son Saul Liskin told The Jerusalem Post on Friday that he was convinced the truck driver in question was John Demjanjuk, who is currently on trial in Munich for his role in the murders of 27,900 Jews at Sobibor during World War II.
Liskin, who was six at the time of his father's death, said that he had known all his life that his father had been murdered, but "I never had a name to go with the murder."
He became convinced that Demjanjuk was the killer, said Liskin, when he read a report that prosecutors in Ulm were investigating new allegations that Demjanjuk deliberately ran over and killed an unnamed man, possibly a Jew, in Ulm in 1947.
Neiman, who was 22 at the time, said that Lisogorski had been sitting on a bench in front of a wall next to the garage, "kibitzing" with several other Jewish motor pool employees. A truck driver twice drove up close to the bench in a threatening manner and stopped, said Neiman, "and the third time he didn't stop.
"He was trying to kill the Jews. I saw that [Lisogorski] was struck by the truck's bumper. They rushed him to hospital. But he died."
Neiman recalled the truck driver as "a big, tall, broad-shouldered Ukrainian guy," but underlined that he did not know his name.
He said that the whole displaced persons camp had been "in uproar" over Lisogorski's death. "The funeral was huge. A father of two had been killed. Everyone was very upset."
Since the article detailing Liskin's allegation against Demjanjuk appeared, Liskin's family has corresponded with the prosecutors in Ulm, and materials have been transferred to the head prosecutor responsible for the case there.
It is understood that all materials relating to Demjanjuk are to be transferred next month to the Munich prosecutors who are handling the current trial.