BERLIN — German prosecutors say they’ve charged a 94-year-old former SS guard on the Auschwitz demise camp as an adjunct to homicide.
Prosecutors in Stuttgart mentioned Monday the suspect, a German nationwide born in Serbia whom they did not determine by title, was charged as a juvenile as a result of he was 19 on the time of the alleged offenses.
They are saying he served as a guard at Auschwitz in late 1942 and early 1943 and estimate that 13,335 individuals had been despatched to the gasoline chambers throughout that point. In keeping with prosecutors, the suspect has mentioned by way of his lawyer that he wasn’t conscious of the background and goals of what was taking place, or of particulars of the killings.
The suspect has been charged on the premise that, as a guard, he helped the camp perform.
The fees come a couple of month after one other former Auschwitz guard, dubbed the “Accountant of Auschwitz,” died earlier than he might start serving his Four-year sentence.
Oskar Groening, 96, died in March. He was convicted in Lueneburg in 2015 as an adjunct to the homicide of 300,000 Jews. The Lueneburg court docket concluded that though there was no proof of involvement in a selected killing, Groening knew that Jews had been being slaughtered on the German demise camp and supported the killings by means of his actions.
In 2011, former Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk grew to become the primary particular person convicted in Germany solely for serving as a demise camp guard with out proof of being concerned in a selected killing. Demjanjuk, who at all times denied serving on the Sobibor camp, died earlier than his enchantment could possibly be heard.
In 2016, former SS sergeant Reinhold Hanning was convicted on 170,000 counts of accent to homicide for serving as an Auschwitz guard. He, too, died earlier than he might start serving his 5-year-sentence.
Hanning apologized for his wartime service, telling Holocaust survivors that “it disturbs me deeply” to have been part of the Nazis’ genocidal equipment.
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