Global streaming site Netflix is set to launch a new docuseries about the dark legacy of the Holocaust and a case that captured the attention of the world.
The Devil Next Door tells the story of John Demjanjuk (pictured), a retired Ukranian-American autoworker and Ohio family man who lived a peaceful suburban life in the 1980s — until he was identified by group of Holocaust survivors as “Ivan the Terrible,” a notoriously cruel Nazi death camp guard who tortured and killed nearly one million Jewish prisoners during World War II.
Sent off to Israel to stand trial, Demjanjuk’s story quickly inspired a media frenzy and highlighted the trauma and lasting scars of the Holocaust.
Demjanjuk maintained that it was a case of mistaken identity, but was convicted by the Israeli Supreme Court and sentenced to death. Upon the emergence of new evidence, he was subsequently acquitted by the court. But in 2009, at the age of 91, he was brought to Munich for a new trial, in which he was accused of being a guard at the Nazi camp in Sobibor. He was convicted and sentenced to five years in jail in 2011, and released pending appeal, but died in 2012 in a German nursing home.
The Devil Next Door is a One Man Show and Submarine Deluxe production, in association with Yes Studios. It is directed and produced by Daniel Sivan and Yossi Bloch, with Josh Braun, Ben Braun, Dan Braun, Danna Stern, Guy Lavie and Koby Gal-Raday serving as executive producers.
The series launches globally on Netflix on Nov. 4.
Watch a trailer below: