Demjanjuk 'was victim,' Nazi atrocity trial told

john-demjanjukAlleged Nazi camp guard John Demjanjuk had no choice but to bring Jews to their deaths in extermination camps, Demjanjuk's defense argued Monday as his long-awaited trial got under way.

Demjanjuk, 89, faces charges of being an accessory to about 27,900 murders during World War II.

But his protection attorney, Ulrich Busch, said Monday the court was imposing a "moral and judicial double standard."

The retired auto worker from Cleveland, Ohio - a native Ukrainian - was a prisoner of war during the conflict, and would have been killed had he not done what the Nazis ordered, the defense team argued.

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