100-year-old former guard in Nazi concentration camp faces trial in Germany

A 100-year-old former guard at the Nazi concentration camp Sachsenhausen near Berlin will face trial in the fall, 76 years after the end of World War II, the German weekly Welt am Sonntag reported.

The Neuruppin court admitted charges of complicity in murder in 3,500 cases, and the trial is expected to begin in October. The defendant should be able to stand trial for 2 to 2-1/2 hours a day, a court spokesperson told the newspaper.

The court could not be reached for comment this weekend.

The suspect, who was not named in accordance with German media laws regarding suspects, is said to have worked as a camp guard in Sachsenhausen from 1942 to 1945, where about 200,000 people were imprisoned and 20,000 murdered.

While the number of suspects of Nazi crimes dwindles, prosecutors are still trying to bring individuals to justice. A landmark conviction in 2011 paved the way for more prosecutions as work in a concentration camp was found for the first time a ground for guilt without evidence of a specific crime.


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