On Trial Series: The Ivan Polyukhovich Trial

Join us for a special online panel discussion focussing on the only Holocaust war crimes trial ever held in Australia.  

In 1990, Ivan Polyukhovich, then seventy-three years old and living in Adelaide, was accused of helping massacre nearly nine hundred men, women and children in Nazi-occupied Ukraine.  

The unique trial tested the Australian legal system as it stretched across the world. Witnesses gathered to testify from Ukraine, Israel and North America and investigators, lawyers, magistrates and judges dealt with memories half a century old.  

David Bevan, ABC Radio presenter and author of  A Case to Answer,  will moderate a powerful discussion with retired Supreme Court Judges The Hon. Gregory James AM QC (prosecution) and The Hon. Michael David QC (defence) and Emeritus Professor Dr Konrad Kwiet. Following the informative panel presentation, audience members can join the discussion on this complex criminal trial by participating in a Q & A.  

Image: Photograph of Ivan Polyukhovich marked with Nazi stamp. Courtesy of Special Investigations Unit.