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JERUSALEM : A 'Terrible' Mistake?

July 27, 1993

Israel's Supreme Court is to render judgment Thursday on the appeal of John Demjanjuk, 73, the Cleveland auto worker convicted five years ago of war crimes and sentenced to death as "Ivan the Terrible," operator of the gas chambers at the Nazi concentration camp of Treblinka.

Demjanjuk, extradited from the United States in 1986 and stripped of his American citizenship, contends he is a victim of mistaken identity, that he was never at Treblinka and that witnesses confused him with another Ivan.

Demjanjuk's attorney predicts that the court, which heard new evidence in the appeal process, will set aside the whole conviction. But the five judges might also hold that while he may not be "Ivan the Terrible," Demjanjuk is guilty of other war crimes.

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