Court Sets Date For 100 Year Old Nazi Soldier

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(ReliableNews.org) – Justice has finally caught up with a 100-year-old Nazi, after a German court set a date for his trial. The former camp guard is charged with helping to murder thousands of people at a WWII concentration camp.

On August 2, a spokeswoman for the Neuruppin State Court (equivalent to a US district court) said that, in early October, the court will hear the case of a man alleged to have worked at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp between 1942 and 1945. He’s accused of being an accessory to the murder of 3,518 people.

The Sachsenhausen camp was built 22 miles north of Berlin in 1936. It was used to train SS camp commandants and as a test site for execution methods; starting in 1941, thousands of Soviet POWs were murdered as the SS tested methods of shooting, hanging, and gassing large groups of victims. At least a dozen captured British commandos were also murdered there, including Lt. John Godwin RN, who killed the firing squad commander with his own pistol before being shot.

Sub-camps were used for forced labor. Sachsenhausen housed an aircraft parts factory, as well as the largest currency counterfeiting operation in history. Tens of thousands of prisoners died of disease, starvation, and casual brutality on top of the mass murders.

Because of privacy laws, the name of the defendant can’t be released, and it’s not clear what his job at the camp was. However, under German law, anyone who helped a Nazi camp function can be charged as an accessory to every murder committed in it.

Sachsenhausen was one of the last operational concentration camps, functioning to the last days of the Nazi regime. It was finally liberated by the Soviet Army in April 1945—and the communists immediately replaced the guards and turned it into a GULAG.

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