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Ivan the Recumbent, or Demjanjuk in Munich

Enduring the “last great Nazi war-crimes trial”

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NOVEMBER 30, 2009 At 7:00 a.m. the city is quiet, the sky still dark, but the plaza in the Nymphenburger Straße teems with TV and radio trucks, their generators humming. Hundreds of journalists and spectators stand waiting outside the courthouse, bundled against the cold. A rumor circulates that press accreditations have been issued far in excess of what the courtroom can accommodate, and the jostling begins. A policeman shouts unintelligible instructions as reporters grouse about the staggering absence of organization. Instead of cordons and an orderly queue, the police inexplicably have created a crude funnel, its mouth leading to a …

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s the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College. His most recent book, <em>The Vices</em> (Other Press), was a finalist for the 2011 National Jewish Book Award. John Demjanjuk <a href="http://www.nytimes.

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