The Right Wrong Man
John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial
By (author) Lawrence Douglas
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Right Wrong Man by Lawrence Douglas
Book DescriptionIn 2009, Harper's Magazine sent 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. Demjanjuk's 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 twice stripped of his American citizenship and sentenced to death by a Jerusalem court as "Ivan the Terrible" of Treblinka--only 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 Hitler's 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 Demjanjuk's bizarre case. The Right Wrong Man is both a gripping eyewitness account of the last major Holocaust trial to galvanize world attention and a vital meditation on the law's effort to bring legal closure to the most horrific chapter in modern history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691125701
(229mm x 152mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 8-Jan-2016
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Lawrence Douglas
Memory of Judgment, Paperback (May 2005)
This is an examination of the law's response to the crimes of the Holocaust. It studies exemplary proceedings including the Nuremberg trial of the major Nazi war criminals and the Israeli trials of Adolf Eichmann and John Demjanjuk.
Sense and Nonsensibility, Paperback (August 2004)» View all books by Lawrence Douglas
Two widely published humour columnists and 'bad boys' of academia take their wit and wisdom to dazzling new lows in this irreverent send-up of highbrow literary culture.
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Author Biography - Lawrence Douglas
Lawrence Douglas is the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College. His books include The Memory of Judgment: Making Law and History in the Trials of the Holocaust and The Vices. His work has appeared in leading publications such as the New Yorker, the Times Literary Supplement, and Harper's. He lives in Sunderland, Massachusetts.
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