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Trial for Accused Nazi Guard John Demjanjuk Will Go Forward in Germany

A court in Munich ruled Friday that the trial of accused Nazi guard John Demjanjuk can go forward, The Associated Press reported.

Trial dates haven't yet been set for the ailing, retired Ohio autoworker, who was deported in May to Germany. At issue was whether he was medically fit to stand trial.

Demjanjuk, 89, is accused of serving as a guard at a death camp where approximately 29,000 Jews and others were killed. He is charged with being an accessory to their murders.

The Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk says he was a Red Army soldier who was captured by the Nazis, spent the rest of the war as their prisoner and never hurt anyone.

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Chronology of the John Demjanjuk Case

There are Nazi-era documents that suggest otherwise — including a photo ID identifying Demjanjuk as a guard at the Sobibor death camp and saying he was trained at a facility for Nazi guards at Trawniki.

The Munich state court said Friday that it has accepted the charge sheet against Demjanjuk, a necessary step in German legal proceedings.

It says in a statement that specific dates have not yet been set but that proceedings likely will start "at the beginning of November."

Demjanjuk faces charges of being an accessory to the murder of 27,900 people at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland where prosecutors allege he served as a guard.

Demjanjuk, who was stripped of his American citizenship in 2002, is likely to spend the rest of his life in Germany, either in jail or in a home for the elderly.

Questions have been raised about Demjanjuk's health.

Dramatic photos released this spring showed him wincing in apparent pain as he was removed by immigration agents from his home in Seven Hills, Ohio. However, images taken only days earlier and released by the U.S. government showed him entering his car unaided outside a medical office.

Demjanjuk's son, John Demjanjuk Jr., said in May that his father is dying of leukemic bone marrow disease and may not even survive the flight from Cleveland to Munich.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.