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The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial [Paperback]

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Author Author : Douglas, Lawrence
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0691178259
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780691178257
Publisher Publisher : Princeton University Press
Pages Pages : 352
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100687400

In 2009,Harper's Magazinesent war-crimes expert Lawrence Douglas to Munich to cover the last chapter of the lengthiest case ever to arise from the Holocaust: the trial of eighty-nine-year-old John Demjanjuk. Demjanjuks legal odyssey began in 1975, when American investigators received evidence alleging that the Cleveland autoworker and naturalized US citizen had collaborated in Nazi genocide. In the years that followed, Demjanjuk was stripped of his American citizenship and sentenced to death by a Jerusalem court as Ivan the Terrible of Treblinkaonly to be cleared in one of the most notorious cases of mistaken identity in legal history. Finally, in 2011, after eighteen months of trial, a court in Munich convicted the native Ukrainian of assisting Hitlers SS in the murder of 28,060 Jews at Sobibor, a death camp in eastern Poland.


An award-winning novelist as well as legal scholar, Douglas offers a compulsively readable history of Demjanjuks bizarre case.The Right Wrong Manis both a gripping eyewitness account of the last major Holocaust trial to galvanize world attention and a vital meditation on the laws effort to bring legal closure to the most horrific chapter in modern history.

Lawrence Douglasis the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College. His books includeThe Memory of Judgment: Making Law and History in the Trials of the HolocaustandThe Vices. His work has appeared in leading publications such as theNew Yorker, theTimes Literary Supplement, andHarper's. He lives in Sunderland, Massachusetts. Douglas relates with authority and clarity the story of these complex legal processes. . . . [He] does justice to both the story's factual complexities and its moral and political conundrums. . . .The Right Wrong Man, from its summary title to its thoughtful postscript, is an impressive work, as well as a timely one in its demonstration of tlúz

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