100-year-old prison guard for the court in Germany

76 years after World War II, a 100-year-old German man is on trial for murder in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

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The 100-year-old is accused of having participated in 3,500 murders during the three years he was a prison guard in Sachsenhausen just outside Berlin, writes Bild am Sonntag according to Reuters.

He was a prison guard from January 1942 to February 1945 when he was in his 20s. The judge in the case, Frank Stark, reckons that the man can appear in court for a couple of hours every day.

Around 200,000 people were prisoners in Sachsenhausen during the war, and 20,000 of them were killed.

The man is far from the only one who in recent years has been brought to justice for crimes during the war. A verdict in 2011 against a prison guard in Sobibor paved the way for one to be prosecuted just for having worked in concentration camps.

Among other things, the former SS soldier Oskar Gröning, who was an accountant in Auschwitz-Birkenau, was found guilty in 2015 of killing 300,000 people.

He acknowledged that he had been present in two cases in which Jews were killed, but said he had not been involved in the killings. He was still sentenced to four years in prison, but died before the sentence began, 96 years old.

In 1979, the German Bundestag decided to abolish the statute of limitations for murders, which was originally 20 years. It made it possible to track down war criminals and bring them to justice.

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A total of 6 million Jews were killed in the German concentration camps, in addition to hundreds of thousands of Roma, gays and political prisoners.


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