Suspect Nazi death camp guard files appeal with US Supreme Court

A former autoworker accused of being a Nazi death camp guard has asked the US Supreme Court to reject an order by the nation's chief immigration judge that he be deported, a newspaper reported. John Demjanjuk, 88, filed the appeal this week, The Plain Dealer reported on its Web site Friday. The deportation order would send Demjanjuk to Germany, Poland or his native Ukraine. In January, a three-judge panel of the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati rejected Demjanjuk's last challenge to the deportation order, which was issued in 2005. The federal government has been trying to deport Demjanjuk for three decades. Prosecutors initially claimed he was the notoriously sadistic guard at the Treblinka camp known as "Ivan the Terrible." Officials later concluded that he was not, but a judge ruled in 2002 that documents from World War II prove Demjanjuk was a Nazi guard at various death or forced labor camps. Demjanjuk, who lives in the Cleveland suburb of Seven Hills, contends that he served in the Soviet Army, was captured by Germany in 1942 and became a prisoner of war.