April 16th, 2009

Central Council criticises Germany 's behaviour with regard to Demjanjuk's extradition

Berlin – The Secretary General of the Central Council of Jews in Germany , Stephan J. Kramer, has criticised Germany 's behaviour with regard to the extradition of the suspected Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk. He said that, although the state prosecutor's office in Munich had issued an arrest warrant, Germany had not yet officially submitted an extradition request to the US . "If Germany is really serious about coming to terms with its Nazi past then it has to submit an extradition request," Kramer told Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung in Essen . "The request is long overdue." According to Kramer, Demjanjuk must be put on trial in Germany not in order to take revenge but to show that low-ranking Nazi perpetrators, too, are brought to justice. " There is no statute of limitation on murder," said Kramer, "even though the mills of justice grind slowly it is important to demonstrate that they grind." (16.04.2009)