100-Year-Old Former Nazi Guard to Stand Trial

A German court has set a trial date for a 100-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard  who is accused of complicity in 3,518 murders, prosecutors announced.

According to Neuruppin state court spokesperson Iris le Claire, the trial for the defendant, whose name was not released under German privacy laws, is set to begin in early October.

The public prosecutor’s office said that a medical assessment found the defendant “fit to stand trial” despite his age, as first reported by German newspaper Welt am Sonntag on Aug. 1.

The hearings will, however, be limited to two and a half hours per day, prosecutors said.

The defendant is accused of “knowingly and willingly” assisting in the murder of prisoners at the Sachsenhausen camp in the town of Oranienburg between 1942 and 1945.

Notably, the defendants alleged crimes include complicity in the “execution by firing squad of Soviet prisoners of war in 1942” and the murder of prisoners “using the poisonous gas Zyklon B.”

“Several of the co-complainants are just as old as the accused and expect justice to be done.” Attorney Thomas Walther, who represents a number of victims in the case, told Welt am Sonntag.

According to local media, the defendant is said to live in the Brandenburg state outside of Berlin.

Local media also reported that the trial is expected to be one of the last regarding Nazi-era crimes.

Nazi Germany’s foremost security agency Schutzstaffel, or SS, imprisoned over 200,000 people, including political opponents, prisoners of war, and persecuted groups, at the Sachsenhausen camp between 1936 and 1945.

According to the Sachsenhausen museum, tens of thousands of prisoners died from extermination operations, forced labor, disease, hunger, and other factors.


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