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Lectures & Events

The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk & the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Approved for 1 hour of in-person CLE credit

This lecture will review the lengthiest case ever to arise from the Holocaust through the eyes of Professor Lawrence Douglas, author of The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk & the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial, who covered the John Demjanjuk trial for Harper’s magazine in 2009.

John (Ivan) Demjanjuk was a native Ukrainian who settled in Cleveland, where he worked for Ford and raised a family. He also became the subject of the lengthiest and most bizarre criminal case to arise out of the Holocaust. The only person in American history to be twice stripped of his citizenship, Demjanjuk was extradited to Israel, where he was tried and sentenced to death as the sadistic Treblinka guard known as Ivan the Terrible — only to be released when the Israelis realized they had the wrong Ivan. Two decades later, in 2011, a Munich court convicted him as having served as a guard at Sobibor, an equally lethal SS death camp.

Lawrence Douglas covered Demjanjuk’s Munich trial for Harper’s and his book, The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial, builds on that reportage to show the historic importance of the effort to bring Demjanjuk to justice. Named an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Book Review, The Right Wrong Man has received enthusiastic reviews across the US and Europe. “Superb…Sophisticated and suspenseful” writes The Jerusalem Post. The Wall Street Journal called it “masterful…The Right Wrong Man deftly delivers disquisitions on nuanced legal questions as if they were plot points in a thriller.”

Following the lecture, Professor Douglas will be available for a book signing. Copies of The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk & the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial will be available for purchase at the event.

Suggested Readings
Speaker Information Lawrence Douglas
Author and James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, Amherst College

Lawrence Douglas is the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College. An award-winning novelist as well as legal scholar, 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&rsquos. He lives in Sunderland, Massachusetts.
Event Location
Moot Courtroom (A59)
11075 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

  
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