According to authorities, a 98-year-old man has been prosecuted in Germany for aiding murder while working as a guard at the Nazis’ Sachsenhausen concentration camp between 1943 and 1945.
The Main-Kinzig county resident, a German citizen, is accused of having “supported the cruel and malicious killing of thousands of prisoners as a member of the SS guard detail,” according to prosecutors in Giessen.
He is a resident of the area close to Frankfurt. The name of the suspect was withheld. Between July 1943 and February 1945, he was accused of being an accessory to more than 3,300 murders.
The Hanau state court received the indictment and will now have to determine whether to proceed with the trial.
If so, he will be tried.
According to the prosecution, a mental expert’s report from last October indicated that the suspect is at least minimally fit to stand trial.
German prosecutors have initiated many cases under a new precedent that permits those who assisted a Nazi concentration camp to be charged as accessories to murder there even in the absence of precise proof that they took part in a particular killing.
In German law, there is no statute of limitations for charges of murder or accessory to murder. Ok
Between 1936 and 1945, more than 200,000 individuals were detained at Sachsenhausen, which is located immediately north of Berlin. In addition to medical experiments and systematic SS extermination operations such as shooting, hanging, and gassing, tens of thousands of people perished from famine, sickness, forced labor, and other factors.
Scholars believe that estimates of 40,000 to 50,000 deaths are probably more accurate than higher estimates of up to 100,000 deaths.