An accused Nazi Camp Guard is on trial in Germany for forcing 27,900 Jews to their death at a Holocaust death camp, according to the New York Times.
The defense argued that John Demjanjuk, 89, had no choice but to put Jews to death at Sobibor death camp in Poland, CNN said.
The New York Times said this was Demjanjuk's second time on trial, after almost being sentenced to death in Israel in 1988.
Ulrich Busch, Demjanjuk's defense attorney, argued that he was a 'victim' and was a prisoner of war during World War II.
Demjanjuk was born in the Ukraine and fought for the Soviet Army against Germany. He became a prisoner of war and was forced to be a camp guard for the Nazi's, according to the New York Times.
CNN reported that his trial is expected to last until May of next year and that given his medical condition, there can only be two 90 minute sessions a day.
The prosecuter's office said he was orginally charged by the German court with 29,000 murders, but it was reduced because some Jews had died during the transportation process.
The New York Times said if Demjanjuk is convicted, he will most likely die in a German prison.
"While no trial can bring back those that were murdered, holding those responsible to justice has an important moral and educational role in society," said Avner Shalev, the chairman of Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.