July 16, 2024

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102-year-old Nazi war criminal dies awaiting appeal

A 102-year-old former concentration camp guard died in Germany, who was found guilty last year and sentenced to 5 years. He remained at large pending appeal.

He was found guilty of more than 3,500 counts of complicity in murder for serving as a guard in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, writes Associated Press. Josef S. denied having worked as an SS guard at the Sachsenhausen camp. However, the district court in Neuruppin found that the documents with the name, date and place of birth of the man showed that he was a member of the paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party, which was stationed in a camp on the outskirts of Berlin in 1942-1945.

Among the prisoners of the camp were Jews, political prisoners, captured Soviet soldiers. Tens of thousands died there from disease and starvation, forced labor, medical experiments, and systematic executions by the SS.

Judge Udo Lechtermann, who announced the verdict, said that the defendant helped the Nazi murder system.

Under a legal precedent set in 2015, anyone who helped operate a Nazi camp could be prosecuted in Germany for complicity in murders committed there.

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