Briscoe and Logan investigate the death of an elderly holocaust survivor who apparently took her own life using her husband's prescription medication. The woman was ill and dying and it seems legit. Until they hear that she had recently become very concerned about news reports of a Nazi enforcer who was convicted in Europe of war crimes in absentia. The police quickly learn that she had become convinced that her husband is that man. ADA Stone charges the husband, David Steinmetz, with her murder but realizes that proving him to be the man convicted of war crimes will be a major challenge. Written by
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Based on the John Demjanjuk (a.k.a. "Ivan the Terrible") case. John Demjanjuk (born Ivan Mykolaiovych Demianiuk; was a retired Ukrainian-American auto worker, a former soldier in the Soviet Red Army, and a POW during the Second World War. John Demjanjuk was accused being Ivan the Terrible, the nickname given to a notorious guard Ivan Marchenko, at the Treblinka extermination camp during the Holocaust. The moniker alluded to Ivan IV, also known as Ivan the Terrible, the infamous Tsar of Russia. Iin 2011 he was accused of war crimes as a different guard named Ivan Demjanjuk who served at the Sobibor extermination camp. Already in 1944 a cruel guard named "Ivan", sharing the distinct duties and the extremely violent behavior with a guard named "Nicholas", is mentioned in survivor literature (Rok w Treblince by Jankiel Wiernik, translated into English as A Year in Treblinka in 1945); however, very little is known about Ivan Marchenko. See more
Heinrich, an SS officer, came into our house with cake, we barely had bread. He said if I could talk the neighbors into cooperating, we would be spared. I was 19, if I hadn't done it, someone else would've. Anybody who wasn't there can never understand.
Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone
Your wife was there, Mr. Steinmetz, she understood very well what you did. That's why you killed her.