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Convicted Nazi War Criminal Convalesces in Alpine Nursing Home

In Bad Feilnbach, a postcard-perfect spa town in the Bavarian Alps, residents are crying NIMBY. It’s not a cell phone tower or nuclear energy plant they are concerned about, but rather something many find even more toxic — convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk.

The 91-year-old Demjanjuk, a free man while his appeal wends itself through the German court system, has been staying at the St. Lukas nursing home on the edge of this village just south of Munich since May 12. Demjanjuk was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in the deaths of 28,060 people (the vast majority of them Jews) while he was a guard in the Nazi death camp Sobibor, in Poland. As a stateless person, he cannot leave Germany.

No one in town has seen Demjanjuk, as he has reportedly not left his room at the nursing home. Nonetheless, his being out of sight does not mean he has been out of mind among the local residents. While some are indifferent to the convict’s presence, others oppose it on either moral or practical grounds.

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