NBC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 21, 1991
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Washington: Robert Hager) Possibility that the wrong man was convicted of being Nazi war criminal "Ivan the Terrible" featured; photos shown of Treblinka Nazi death camp. United States Justice Department's location and extradition of John Demjanjuk, who was believed to be "Ivan the Terrible," recalled; evidence shown; scenes shown from his 1987 trial in Israel. [At trial, WITNESS, DEMJANJUK - (thru translator) testify.] Demjanjuk's conviction, his wait in Israel for execution, his insistence of his innocence noted. Recent KGB release of transcripts of interrogations of Treblinka guards said to bring new evidence that "Ivan the Terrible" was a man named Ivan Marchenko; interrogations of Treblinka guards Pavel Lelenko in 1944 and Sergei Vasilenko in 1961 quoted on screen; KGB photograph of "Ivan the Terrible" shown; evidence reviewed. 1978 State Department cable indicating that the Soviets had turned over excerpts of their interrogations to then Justice Department Nazi hunter Martin Mendelsohn mentioned. [MENDELSOHN - says they got the right man, comments on cable.] [Representative James TRAFICANT - says US government is stonewalling.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Responses of Justice Department and Israeli supreme court to this new evidence noted.
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