THE Devil Next Door is set to be this year’s darkest true crime docu-series.
The Netflix original, slated for release on November 5, is one of history’s most unique whodunit cases.
The show centres on John Demjanjuk, a retired autoworker living in Ohio who at first glance seems utterly unremarkable.
However, it transpires the Ukrainian’s past is anything but ordinary as his past as an SS guard is exposed.
The newly-released trailer tracks how Demjanjuk finds himself accused of being ‘Ivan the Terrible’, a Nazi known for his brutality who worked at the Treblinka concentration camp during the Holocaust.
Ivan operated the tank engines which provided the poisonous gas responsible for the deaths of thousands at the fake public showers that were used as death chambers.
What’s more, Ivan was known for his own unique brand of brutality, mutilating his victims by chopping of their ears, whipping them and stabbing them with a sword.
Demjanjuk finds himself extradited to Israel to stand trial for these crimes, but the central question the documentary tackles is whether he is indeed the infamous Ivan.
Though he professes his innocence, the case snowballs in the press and there is no shortage of accusers.
Ultimately, Demjanjuk was found guilty of helping to murder 28,060 Jews during the Second World War.
It’s believed he served for six months in the Sobibor extermination camp in 1943.
However, he was never identified as Ivan the Terrible and was released on appeal after the 1988 conviction was found to be false.
The Devil Next Door comes from One Man Show and Submarine Deluxe Production, in association with Yes Studios.
The five-part series is directed and produced by Daniel Sivan and Yossi Bloch.
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