A Former Camp Guard, 100, Was Charged With 3518 Murders

2021-02-10   |   by CusiGO

German courts continue to try to bring the conspirators to justice before they die. The prosecutor’s office at neuruppin, Brandenburg, accused a 100 year old man, a former guard at the Nazi concentration camp in Saxony, of involvement in 3518 murders. According to the prosecutor, his state of health enabled him to stand trial because he played a role in assisting in the killing of prisoners between 1942 and 1945, when he was guarding them.

Because of Germany’s strict personal data protection law, the man currently lives in neuruppin, near Berlin, so the prosecutor’s office is responsible for investigating his involvement and bringing his case to trial. In 2019, together with another case in the same field under investigation, he came from the special office in Ludwigsburg to investigate war crimes in the Nazi era.

Cyrill Klement, chief prosecutor of neuruppin, explained to the country that after obtaining evidence that the former guard knew what was going on in the camp, they decided to bring him to justice, even if he was not directly involved in the murder. To this end, they have the help of a historian who has dealt with similar cases. The prosecutor also requested an assessment of the man’s health status to determine whether he / she was able to undergo judicial proceedings. The doctor who examined him has confirmed, but if the court finally decides to let him sit on the bench, the daily court session will be limited.

Last week, a 96 year old woman was accused of working as a secretary in the stutthoff Nazi concentration camp near Gdansk, Poland. Her case is more special because she is a woman – few are tried for war crimes – and she is a minor. She was employed as the Secretary of the village head when she was 17. Last year, a 93 year old man was convicted by the Hamburg juvenile court of conspiracy to murder 5230 people when he was a 17-year-old guard at the same camp in stutthoff. In the case of women, Irmgard F. will also be tried by the juvenile court, and the prosecutor’s office of Itzehoe (North Hamburg) holds her responsible as an accomplice in more than 10000 murders.

For many years, the German Ministry of justice did not allow the prosecution of Unrated guards or other camp staff because they were unable to prove their crimes with specific evidence alone. However, this interpretation changed in 2011 after the conviction of John Demjanjuk, a guard at the Nazi concentration camp in occupied Sobibor, Poland, who later immigrated to the United States. He was extradited and sentenced to five years in prison for his involvement in the Nazi machine and participated in 28000 murders. He took part in Camilla’s trial and died in a sanatorium a few months after the sentence.