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The trial of a Ukrainian man suspected of complicity in the murder of more than 27,000 Jews during World War II began today in Munich, Germany. [cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/30/demjanjuk.art.jpg caption="John Demjanjuk is accused of being complicit in the murder of over 27,000 Jews during World War II."]
John Demjanjuk is accused of being a guard at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1943.
The trial could well be the last of its kind due not only to the age of suspected of World War II atrocities, but also the age of witnesses.
None of the witnesses to Demjanjuk's alleged crimes are still alive and prosecutors are relying on documentary evidence including an SS identity card featuring a young Demjanjuk which prosecutors say will help implicate him.
We would like to hear your views on the trial of John Demjanjuk.
Will the trial of an 89-year-old man, who is in poor health, bring a sense of peace or any closure to the hundreds of the living relatives of his alleged victims? If convicted, Demjanjuk faces 15 years in jail – a term he is unlikely to complete. Could the millions of dollars being spent on trying him be spent in a more effective way compensating the relatives of war crime victims?