Viewers saying Netflix's 'The Devil Next Door' is the most gripping documentary in years
A new documentary series, entitled: 'The Devil Next Door', has been released on Netflix this week, and viewers on social media are already calling it one of the most gripping documentaries ever made.
The five-part miniseries examines the life of John Demjanjuk, a retired mechanic who lived a mild-mannered life in Cleveland, Ohio in the 1980s. However, Demjanjuk's life and the lives of his neighbors and family changed forever, when a group of Holocaust survivors identified him as an infamous Nazi.
Watch the trailer for The Devil Next Door in the video below:
Demjanjuk was accused of being ''Ivan the Terrible'' - a Nazi death camp guard who tortured and killed thousands of Jews, Slavs, Communists, gypsies, and disabled and queer people during the Second World War.
The official synopsis for the documentary states: "Israel is transfixed as a media frenzy erupts around the trial in Jerusalem, the nation plunged into trauma and fascination by 'the trial of the century."
It adds: "As the case uncovers dark corners of memory and the horrors of war, the Demjanjuk case becomes a race against time for the defendant and his alleged victims."
On social media, Twitter users have been raving about the series, dubbing it one of the scariest and most fascinating examinations of the impact of the Holocaust.
Demjanjuk was extradited to Israel to be charged for his alleged crimes, yet he has always maintained his innocence. He was found guilty at trial and sentenced to death by hanging. Yet later, his initial conviction was overturned due to reasonable doubt over his true identity, leaving his ultimate guilt ambiguous.
But this isn't the first time we've covered a disturbing Netflix documentary. Check out this article we penned about Tell Me Who I Am, the story of two twins confronting the shocking abuse they endured in childhood after one brother loses his memory.