Germany: 100-year-old Nazi criminal to stand trial

According to prosecutors, a 100-year-old alleged former security guard who served in a Nazi concentration camp will face trial in Germany on charges of complicity in the murders of 3,518 prisoners.

A former security guard is accused of killing prisoners in the Sachsenhausen camp near Berlin between 1942-1945, during World War II. He is charged with complicity in executions with the use of lethal gas.

The trial will take place in October this year. The prosecutor’s office has documented that the offender underwent a medical examination. Despite his advanced age, doctors found it possible for him to take part in court hearings for 2.5 hours a day, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday. The newspaper also quoted lawyer Thomas Walter, who stated that there were many elderly people among the applicants, they were “the same age as the accused and expect that justice will prevail”.

Most likely, the trial of a centenary Nazi will become one of the last in terms of the crimes of the Nazi era. The surviving criminals are too old, and only a few will be able to live to see the trial and receive the punishment they deserve, according to German media.

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