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Germany: Former Nazi guard, 101, jailed for helping murder

BERLIN ( Associated Press) – A 101-year-old man who served in the Nazis’ Sachsenhausen concentration camp during World War II in Germany was convicted on 3,518 counts of murder on Tuesday.

The Neurupin Regional Court sentenced him to five years in prison.

The man, who had not been identified, denied having worked as an SS guard at the camp and aided and aided in the killing of thousands of prisoners.

In the lawsuit that began in October, the man said he worked as a farm laborer near Passwalk in northeastern Germany.

However, the court proved that he worked as an enlisted member of the Nazi Party’s paramilitary wing in a camp on the outskirts of Berlin between 1942 and 1945, the German news agency DPA reported.

“The court has come to the conclusion that, contrary to what you claim, you worked as a guard in a concentration camp for almost three years,” said presiding judge Udo Lechtermann, according to the DPA, in doing so, The defendant was the Nazis assisted in the terror and killing machinery.

“You volunteered to support this mass destruction with your activity,” Lechterman said.

Prosecutors had based their case on documents relating to an SS guard with the man’s name, date and place of birth, as well as other documents.

For organizational reasons, the test was conducted at a gymnasium in Brandenburg/Havel, the 101-year-old’s residence. The person was only eligible to face trial to a limited extent and was only able to attend trial for two and a half hours each day. The trial was interrupted several times for health reasons and a hospital stay.

Sachsenhausen was founded in 1936 as the first new camp north of Berlin, after Adolf Hitler gave the SS full control of the Nazi concentration camp system. It was intended to be a model facility and training camp for the Maze Network that the Nazis had built in Germany, Austria and the occupied territories.

More than 200,000 people were housed there between 1936 and 1945. Tens of thousands of prisoners died from starvation, disease, forced labor and other causes, as well as through medical experiments and systematic SS extermination operations including shootings, hangings and gasping.

The exact number of people killed has varied, with an upper estimate of some 100,000, although scholars suggest that figures of 40,000 to 50,000 are likely to be more accurate.

As in other camps, Jewish prisoners were selected in Sachsenhausen for particularly harsh treatment, and those who survived until 1942 were deported to the Auschwitz death camp.

Sachsenhausen was liberated in April 1945 by the Soviets, who turned it into a brutal camp of their own.

Tuesday’s ruling builds on recent legal precedent in Germany that established that anyone who helped organize a Nazi camp could be prosecuted for the murders committed there.

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