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WHY IS THE JOHN DEMJANJUK PHOTOGRAPH DOG-EARED?
by Lubomyr Prytulak

First posted on   www.xoxol.org/traw/dog-eared.html   15-Jun-2010 07:35pm PST, last revised 16-Jun-2010 08:54am PST

If the German military photographed Trawniki conscripts for their ID cards, then the photographer might be expected to hand his photographs not to the recruits themselves whom the Germans might expect to damage or lose them, or perhaps even swap them for purposes of nefarious misidentification, but rather might be expected to hand them to the staff responsible for creating ID cards.  Prior to attachment to a card, then, its photo might be expected to have little opportunity for abrasion or wear.

And after attachment, the photo would lie folded inside its ID Card, during which time the enveloping card would afford it protection from abrasion and wear.

Of the four Trawniki ID Cards which the Kremlin has released in high-resolution-with-color Munich versions, three come with photographs attached, the corners of which are shown below, and where the small wear expected on a typical Trawniki-Card photo might resemble that of Juchnowskij 847, and in comparison to which Demjanjuk 1393 appears dog-eared.  Wolembachow 1211 lies somewhere in between, possibly closer to Juchnowskij than to Demjanjuk, particularly when it is recognized that its lower-left corner shows not normal wear but damage resulting from the Kremlin punching a hole so that the card could be skewered on a binder ring, and which exposed the photo in the vicinity of the ring to stress and to accelerated wear.

As the Kremlin has released 44 of the 48 cards only in pdf format, comparison of the degree of wear of their photos is not feasible because of the low quality of their images.  If the Kremlin were to provide high-definition-with-color Munich-quality reproductions for all cards, then among the first questions that might be profitably investigated is where Demjanjuk-card wear ranks compared to the wear of all other cards.

Juchnowskij 847    Wolembachow 1211    Demjanjuk 1393
Upper-left corner of Juchnowskij photo on Trawniki ID Card 847, a photo showing little wear Upper-right corner of Juchnowskij photo on Trawniki ID Card 847, a photo showing little wear    Upper-left corner of Wolembachow photo on Trawniki ID Card 1211, a photo showing little wear Upper-right corner of Wolembachow photo on Trawniki ID Card 1211, a photo showing little wear    Upper-left corner of John Demjanjuk photo on Trawniki ID Card 1393, a photo showing considerable wear Upper-right corner of John Demjanjuk photo on Trawniki ID Card 1393, a photo showing considerable wear
Lower-left corner of Juchnowskij photo on Trawniki ID Card 847, a photo showing little wear Lower-right corner of Juchnowskij photo on Trawniki ID Card 847, a photo showing little wear    Lower-left corner of Wolembachow photo on Trawniki ID Card 1211, a photo showing little wear Lower-right corner of Wolembachow photo on Trawniki ID Card 1211, a photo showing little wear    Lower-left corner of John Demjanjuk photo on Trawniki ID Card 1393, a photo showing considerable wear Lower-right corner of John Demjanjuk photo on Trawniki ID Card 1393, a photo showing considerable wear

The inference which the observation of a dog-eared Demjanjuk photograph invites is that it had acquired its wear prior to being attached to Trawniki Card 1393.  In other words, at the time of attachment, the photograph was already old, and therefore Card 1393 was not created by means of the procedure that was used to create the cards of Trawniki conscripts, but by means of some other procedure, a subject which has earlier been broached under the title WHO GLUED THE DEMJANJUK PHOTOGRAPH TO TRAWNIKI CARD 1393?.



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