Two former 'Nazi concentration camp officers' charged in Germany

Two former 'Nazi concentration camp officers' charged in Germany

The camp is now open as a museum

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Two former Nazi officers have been charged with complicity in hundreds of killings at the Stutthof Concentration Camp in Poland.

The state prosecutor's office in Dortmund has announced that the charges have been made but the suspects, who are both in their nineties, have not been named, according to The Local.

A regional court said: "With their actions during their time as guards at the Stutthof concentration camp, the accused are believed to have been accessories in numerous killings."

It is thought the 93-year-old was a guard between June 1942 and September 1944 at the camp, whilst the 92-year-old is believed to have worked at the concentration camp between June 1944 and May 1945.

The pair are both suspected of being involved in the killings of Jews as well as being complicit in conditions at the camp which led to many inmates falling ill with diseases such as typhus.

They have also been accused of being involved in killing Polish prisoners and wounded Soviet soldiers in a gas chamber.

In total roughly 65,000 people died at the concentration camp which was created by Nazi Germany.

The Munster Court has said both deny all accusations about their alleged work at the camp. Now the court is to make a decision about whether the former SS officers should be put on trial.

Many cases against those alleged Third Reich criminals often never go through as the defendants are usually deemed not fit for trial due to their age.

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