Lawrence Douglas

discusses

The Right Wrong Man:
John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial

This event includes a book signing

Date

Feb
1
Monday
February 1, 2016
8:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes LAWRENCE DOUGLAS, James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College, for a discussion of his latest book, The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial.

About The Right Wrong Man

In 2009, Harper's Magazine sent war-crimes expert Lawrence Douglas to Munich to cover the last chapter of the lengthiest case ever to arise from the Holocaust: the trial of eighty-nine-year-old John Demjanjuk. Demjanjuk's legal odyssey began in 1975, when American investigators received evidence alleging that the Cleveland autoworker and naturalized US citizen had collaborated in Nazi genocide. In the years that followed, Demjanjuk was twice stripped of his American citizenship and sentenced to death by a Jerusalem court as "Ivan the Terrible" of Treblinka—only to be cleared in one of the most notorious cases of mistaken identity in legal history. Finally, in 2011, after eighteen months of trial, a court in Munich convicted the native Ukrainian of assisting Hitler's SS in the murder of 28,060 Jews at Sobibor, a death camp in eastern Poland.

An award-winning novelist as well as legal scholar, Douglas offers a compulsively readable history of Demjanjuk's bizarre case. The Right Wrong Man is both a gripping eyewitness account of the last major Holocaust trial to galvanize world attention and a vital meditation on the law's effort to bring legal closure to the most horrific chapter in modern history.

Praise

"The Right Wrong Man is powerful, richly observed, and darkly entertaining. Anyone interested in postwar history will want to read it." —Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer with the New Yorker

"An excellent legal-minded elucidation of the long trail toward the conviction of a notorious concentration camp guard." —Kirkus

Lawrence Douglas
Lawrence Douglas

Lawrence Douglas

Lawrence Douglas is the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College. His books include The Memory of Judgment: Making Law and History in the Trials of the Holocaust and The Vices. His work has appeared in leading publications such as The New Yorker, The Times Literary Supplement, and Harper’s. He lives in Sunderland, Massachusetts.

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