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The Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Germany
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The Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Germany

Germany charges 100-year-old Nazi concentration camp guard

Man accused with knowingly and willingly assisting in the murder of 3,518 prisoners in Sachsenhausen camp in Germany between 1942 and 1945 as German prosecutors rush to bring surviving Nazis to justice

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Updated: 02.09.21 , 09:11
A 100-year-old former concentration camp guard has been charged with complicity in 3,518 murders as Germany races to bring surviving Nazi staff to justice, prosecutors told AFP on Monday.
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  • The man stands accused of "knowingly and willingly" assisting in the murder of prisoners at the Sachsenhausen camp in Oranienburg, north of Berlin, between 1942 and 1945.
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    גרמניה מחנה ריכוז זקסנהאוזן
    The Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Germany
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    He is considered fit to stand trial despite his age, the public prosecutor's office in the town of Neuruppin confirmed after the story was reported by the NDR broadcaster.
    The case comes days after German prosecutors charged a former secretary at a Nazi concentration camp with complicity in the murders of 10,000 people, in the first such case in recent years against a woman.
    The 95-year-old accused had worked at the Stutthof camp near what was Danzig, now Gdansk, in then Nazi-occupied Poland.
    Germany has been hunting down former Nazi staff since the 2011 conviction of former guard John Demjanjuk on the basis he served as part of the Nazi killing machine set a legal precedent.
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    The Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Germany
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    Since then, courts have handed down several guilty verdicts on those grounds rather than for murders or atrocities directly linked to the individual accused.
    Among those who were brought to late justice were Oskar Groening, an accountant at Auschwitz, and Reinhold Hanning, a former SS guard at the same camp. Both were convicted of complicity in mass murder at the age of 94 but died before they could be imprisoned.
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    Former Nazi concentration camp guard Bruno Dey convicted at 93
    Former Nazi concentration camp guard Bruno Dey convicted at 93
    Former Nazi concentration camp guard Bruno Dey was convicted last year at age 93
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    In the most recent verdict, a former SS guard, Bruno Dey, was found guilty at the age of 93 and was given a two-year suspended sentence.
    A case was brought against another former guard at Stutthof in July over complicity in the murder of several hundred people.
    First published: 09:04 , 02.09.21
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