After the booming success of the Making A Murderer documentary in 2015, it became pretty clear that Netflix users have a thirst for unsolved mysteries and true crime documentaries. Viewers are already hyped for an upcoming crime doc premiering next month that mimics the story of Steven Avery. But there's another Netflix Canada documentary The Devil Next Door to add to your list that will shock you and redefine the Holocaust.
The Devil Next Door is a docuseries premiering on November 4 that examines the story of John Demjanjuk, who was accused in 2011 of being a Nazi death-camp guard. According to Newsweek, Demjanjuk's Holocaust nickname was "Ivan the Terrible". And they said that he was accused by the government of hiding in America for decades under his fake name.
What he was accused of doing to innocent humans is truly terrifying and upsetting, and the world still hasn't forgotten 74 years after the end of the Holocaust.
Tons of news outlets are reporting on the horrid story that this documentary unfolds revolving around a man that was presumably harmless and normal until his arrest. Newsweek called him "one of the most villainous Nazis years after World War II", and in the trailer, he is called "one of the cruellest people who ever existed on Earth."
However, in a twisted turn of events, the documentary explores Demjanjuk claiming they had mistaken his identity. In 2011 he was convicted of "28,060 counts of being an accessory to murder" which got him sentenced to five years in prison.
The trailer says that Demjanjuk was "a good American citizen - up until the government came along and said he was Ivan the Terrible." He is also described as a "family man." Holocaust survivors are seen testifying on the case, while Demjanjuk's family discusses their shock that he could ever be involved in such horrid acts.
The New York Times reported that Demjanjuk died in March 2012 at 91-years-old, a year after his conviction.
Check out the trailer for The Devil Next Door below.