Sunday, October 17, 2021

Germany: 100-year-old former Nazi camp guard to be prosecuted

BERLIN (WNN) — A 100-year-old man is being tried in Germany Thursday after being charged with a murder aid for serving as a Nazi SS guard at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin during World War II. had gone.

The defendant’s trial, who has been charged with 3,518 counts of aides to murder, is being held in Neureupin state court, which, for organizational reasons, moved the proceedings to a prison sport hall in Brandenburg.

The court did not reveal the name of the suspect. He is accused of working in the Sachsenhausen camp as an enlisted member of the paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party between 1942 and 1945.

Authorities say that despite his age, the suspect is deemed fit enough to stand trial, although court sessions may limit the number of hours per day.

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Between 1936 and 1945 more than 200,000 people were housed in Sachsenhausen. Tens of thousands of prisoners died from starvation, disease, forced labor and other causes, as well as through medical experiments and systematic SS extermination operations including shootings, hangings and gasping.

The exact number of people killed has varied, with an upper estimate of some 100,000, although scholars suggest that figures of 40,000 to 50,000 are likely to be more accurate.

The trial comes a week after the opening of another veteran concentration camp, the suspect’s trial, was interrupted.

The 96-year-old former secretary of the SS commander of the Stutthof camp has skipped the start of his trial at the Itzeho state court in northern Germany. he was tracked down within hours And the proceedings are to resume on October 19.

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