CLEVELAND — He was a man without a country, and even in death, John Demjanjuk continues to be the center of controversy.

The long legal battle over Demjanjuk’s past as a Nazi death camp guard ended Saturday, with his death at the age of 91 in a nursing home in Germany, where he was living as his attorneys appealed his conviction in 2011 of being an accessory to the murders of nearly 28,000 Jews during the Holocaust.

Demjanjuk’s attorney in Germany, Ulrich Busch, said it was his client’s “greatest wish” to be buried near his family in suburban Cleveland.

Cleveland immigration attorney David Leopold said there’s no legal way to prevent the burial in the U.S., but Leopold added, “I think it’s a moral question. Do we really want Cleveland to be the eternal resting place for a Nazi war criminal? Do we want anywhere in the United States to…

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About David Leopold
Past President American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), In-the-Trenches practicing immigration Attorney, Blogger, Activist, Photographer, Educator, World Traveler. All opinions are my own.

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