John Demjanjuk

1920 - 2012

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John Demjanjuk (born Ivan Mykolaiovych Demjanjuk; Ukrainian: Іван Миколайович Дем'янюк; 3 April 1920 – 17 March 2012) was a Ukrainian-American who served as a Trawniki man and Nazi camp guard at Sobibor extermination camp, Majdanek, and Flossenbürg. Demjanjuk became the center of global media attention in the 1980s, when he was tried and convicted in Israel after being misidentified as "Ivan the Terrible", a notoriously cruel watchman at Treblinka extermination camp. In 1993 the verdict was overturned. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Demjanjuk has received more than 6,282,450 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). John Demjanjuk is the 311th most popular military personnel (down from 238th in 2019), the 102nd most popular biography from Ukraine (down from 62nd in 2019) and the 7th most popular Ukrainian Military Personnel.

John Demjanjuk is most famous for being falsely accused of being the Nazi death camp guard known as "Ivan the Terrible."

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Among military personnels, John Demjanjuk ranks 311 out of 2,058Before him are Vasily Blyukher, Dmitry Yazov, Kurt Meyer, Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf, Sejanus, and John J. Pershing. After him are Boris Shaposhnikov, Fyodor Tolbukhin, Benedict Arnold, Hermann Balck, Walther Wenck, and Nikolai Yudenich.

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Among people born in 1920, John Demjanjuk ranks 36Before him are Fritz Walter, Clarice Lispector, Montgomery Clift, Walter Matthau, Douglass North, and Sergei Bondarchuk. After him are Alberto Sordi, Ravi Shankar, Sun Myung Moon, Gunnar Gren, Kaysone Phomvihane, and Edmond H. Fischer. Among people deceased in 2012, John Demjanjuk ranks 30Before him are Matilde Camus, Carlos Fuentes, Antoni Tàpies, Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, Sven Hassel, and Jean Giraud. After him are Antonio Tabucchi, Ravi Shankar, Sun Myung Moon, Larry Hagman, Kiro Gligorov, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

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Among people born in Ukraine, John Demjanjuk ranks 102 out of 1,365Before him are Edward Rydz-Śmigły (1886), Marie Bashkirtseff (1858), Andriy Shevchenko (1976), Reinhold Glière (1874), Roman Shukhevych (1907), and Sergei Bondarchuk (1920). After him are Nestor the Chronicler (1056), Karol Szymanowski (1882), Lev Shestov (1866), Yevgeny Primakov (1929), Gregory Skovoroda (1722), and Vsevolod I of Kiev (1030).


Among military personnels born in Ukraine, John Demjanjuk ranks 7Before him are Bohdan Khmelnytsky (1595), Lyudmila Pavlichenko (1916), Nestor Makhno (1888), Semyon Timoshenko (1895), Andrey Yeryomenko (1892), and Roman Shukhevych (1907). After him are Ivan Paskevich (1782), Tadeusz Bór-Komorowski (1895), Alexander Samsonov (1859), Mikhail Kirponos (1892), Alfred Redl (1864), and Yevhen Konovalets (1891).