Netflix’s series about John Demjanjuk – accused of being notorious death camp guard Ivan the Terrible – is a sensitive look at a despicable chapter in human history If only there were indeed some art to find the mind’s construction in the face. What a different world that would be. Instead, we live in this one and its horrors may live anywhere. In Cleveland, Ohio in 1985, John Demjanjuk, a nationalised Ukrainian immigrant and Ford auto worker of 30-plus years’ good standing, was arrested as a war criminal. The US Office of Special Investigations (OSI) – Nazi hunters – had amassed evidence that he was the notoriously sadistic death camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible, an operator of the gas ovens at Treblinka who would beat, torture and cut off the breasts of Jewish captives as he herded thousands of the estimated 850,000 men, women and children killed there to their deaths.
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