100-year-old German man accused of war crimes by German court

The man is accused of 3,518 counts of war crimes at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp

editor: REMIX NEWS
author: Dénes Albert
via: NDR

The German prosecutor’s office has charged a 100-year-old German man with complicity in 3,518 crimes while he was a guard at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp during World War II, news agency Reuters reports.

According to public television NDR, the suspect, who lives in Brandenburg, is accused of contributing “effectively and intentionally” to the crimes in the camp where 100,000 people died.

In recent years, prosecutors have indicted several former concentration camp supervisors, taking one last chance to do justice to the millions of people who have died in many camps, including Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, and political prisoners.

Last year, 93-year-old Bruno D. was convicted of 5,230 counts of complicity in murder, while prosecutors last week charged 95-year-old Irmgard F., a former secretary at the Stutthof camp, for complicity in 10,000 murders.


According to the NDR, the accused man worked at Sachsenhausen between 1942 and 1945.

The camp was set up near Berlin in 1936 and operated until 1945, mainly holding political prisoners during World War II. Sachsenhausen was where the Nazis perfected their gas chamber execution method which was later used in other camps to kill millions of people.

Prosecutors and court officials in Neuruppin, where the charges were filed, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Title image: Prisoners at the Sachsanhausen concentration camp in December 1938. (source: Wikimedia Commons)


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