I suppose it is useful to remind why presence or absence of JD on the photos is absolutely irrelevant to his proven presence in Sobibor.
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Doc. no. 1. Found in Vinnits'ka oblast archive. Trawniki service identity pass no. 1393 identifies an Ukrainian, "Iwan Demjanjuk", son of "Nikolai", born on April 30, 1920 in "Duboimachariwzi", as serving in Okzow since September 22, 1942 and in Sobibor since March 27, 1943. This is the most famous document related to the Demjanjuk case. Deniers and Demjanjuk's defence argue that it is a KGB forgery. We will discuss these claims later. I have not seen any challenges to authenticity of the documents which follow.
Doc. no. 2. Found in the Lithuanian Central State Archives in Vilnius. Disciplinary report of 20.01.1943. States that two days earlier 4 Trawniki-trained guards were apprehended for violating camp quarantine. One of the guards is identified as "Deminjuk", with identification number 1393 (i.e., the same as in the first document).
Doc. no. 3. Found in FSB archives. Transfer roster which documents the transfer of 80 Trawnikis to Sobibor on March 26, 1943. 30th in the list is "Iwan Demianiuk", identification number 1393, with date and place of birth the same as John Demjanjuk. The date of transfer is compatible with the document no. 1.
Doc. no. 4. Found in FSB archives. Transfer roster dated October 1, 1943, which documents the transfer of 140 men from Trawniki to Flossenbuerg. 53rd in the list is "Iwan Demianjuk", with the same date and place of birth and identification number as the previous Ivans.
Doc. no. 5. Found in the German Federal Archives in Berlin. Flossenbuerg weapons log of April 1, 1944, which documents that Wachmann "Demianiuk" received a rifle on October 8, 1943, i.e. a week after the person in document no. 6 was transferred to Flossenbuerg.
Doc. no. 6. Found in the German Federal Archives in Berlin. Flossenbuerg daily roster, which shows that on October 4, 1944, "Demenjuk 1393" was assigned to guard the Bunker Construction Detail.
Doc. no. 7. Found in the German Federal Archives in Berlin. An undated Flossenbuerg roster of 117 guards, listing "Demenjuk" with identification no. 1393 in entry no. 44. The roster can be dated as created in the period from Dec. 10, 1944 to Jan. 15, 1945.
Doc. no. 8. A very ironic item in the list - Demjanjuk's own "Application for Assistance", which he submitted in March of 1948 to the Preparatory Commission of the International Refugee Organization. While he supplied the false information about his residence throughout the war, he noted that from April 1937 to January 1943 he was a driver in "Sobibor, Chelm, Poland". Sobibor was not a well-known name at that time, and the fact that Demjanjuk himself wrote it down (even while giving the wrong dates and lying about being a driver there) is highly incriminating.
Doc. no. 9. Finally, in his application for an American visa on December 27, 1951, Demjanjuk wrote that from 1936 to 1943 he resided in Sobibor, Poland.
Here I'm posting a long and detailed excerpt from the verdict in German which those of you who don't read German can translate with Google or DeepL, but here is a summary of the findings:
1. The information on the card corresponds to the physical reality (Demjanjuk had a scar on his back, his birth date and place are correctly named).
2. The man on the photo is indeed Demjanjuk, as is confirmed by the retired forensic expert Reinhardt Altmann with decades of Bundeskriminalamt experience, based on various other photos of Demjanjuk.
3. The fact that the photo was on the card from the beginning is shown by an analysis of the stamps by the forensic expert Larry Stewart. The first stamp was applied when the photo was first glued on the card. After some time it came off due to bad glue quality and had to be glued on again, at which point another stamp had to be applied. We know this because the lines of the first stamp do not align perfectly in their current position but can be shown to have aligned perfectly initially.
4. The forensic expert Dr. Anton Dallmayer of the Bavarian Landeskriminalamt proved that the Demjanjuk card was from the same document batch as three other ID cards (Iwan Juchnowskij, Iwan Wolembachow, Mykola Bondarenko). He compared the fonts which exhibited individual properties like the custom Umlauts and SS-runes, as well as numerous font defects, showing that the forms are from the same batch. He also compared the stamp defects, showing that the same stamp was used.
5. He further made the numbers on the white strip Demjanjuk has on the photo more readable, they turned out to be 1393.
6. The authenticity of the 4 ID cards is further confirmed by cross-referencing the data in them with numerous other German documents, like transfer lists, where the names and numbers of the Trawniki men appear.
7. The handwriting expert Beate Wül. from the Bavarian Landeskriminalamt examined the signature on the card (which consisted of only three letters and was very faded) but could not come to any conclusion due to the inability to examine the original Demjanjuk signatures on the other early documents, which were available only in the photographic form. Nevertheless, there was no negative conclusion.
8. The forensic expert Larry Stewart examined 22 relevant documents, including other ID cards and transfer rosters, and was unable to find any hints of forgery. Among other things, he tested the paper of the documents with various methods (microscopy, infrared spectroscopy, luminescence test) and found that they were not made to look old with coffee, tea or chemicals as forgers sometimes do, rather their old look is natural.
9. He also found no trace of paper lighteners that were used by the paper manufactures since the 1950s.
10. Most importantly, he established that the documents were also not produced later using old forms or paper. Freshly manufactured paper dries out with time and becomes brittle. During the typing on a typewriter this would lead to small paper tears on the back of each document, but nothing like that was found on any of the documents he examined.
11. He took small samples from Demjanjuk's ID card and tested them with a scanning electron microscope and an x-ray fluorescence spectrometer. The chemical composition of the paper corresponded to the 1940s.
12. He also took ink samples from the card. A comparison with the collection of the US Secret Service (which reaches back to the 1920s) that the ink chemically corresponds to that used in the early 1940s.
13. In another section the verdict mentions the fact that the specific data from the card (as well as from one transfer roster), including mistakes, appears in the 1948 wanted list by the MGB (thus the card couldn't have been forged after this date, and there was no motive for the MGB to engage in such useless but very elaborate forgery in 1948).
14. Further, in the 1952 MGB wanted list Demjanjuk's photo from the card appears - with a visible stamp from the card.