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Germany puts 100-year-old on trial for Nazi crimes

Former concentration camp guard, identified as Josef S, will be going on trial in Germany today for Nazi-era crimes.

At 100 years old, he is the oldest person yet to be tried for Nazi-era crimes in Germany.

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He has been accused of “knowingly and willingly” assisting in the murder of 3,518 prisoners at the Sachsenhausen camp in Oranienburg between 1942 and 1945.

Some of the allegations against him include aiding and assisting the execution by firing squad of soviet prisoners of war in 1942, as well as the murder of prisoners using the poisonous gas Zyklon B.

This case comes as a 96-year-old German woman, who was a secretary in a Nazi camp, is to be charged with complicity in murder and her trial is expected to resume on the 19th of October.

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Proceedings against Josef S are expected to last until early January.

According to a court spokeswoman, “He is not accused of having shot anyone in particular but of having contributed to these acts through his work as a guard and of having been aware such killings were happening at the camp,”.

Thomas Walther, who is a lawyer that represents several camp survivors and victims’ relatives in the case, said that trials like these are necessary to hold perpetrators to account while adding, “There’s no expiry date on justice,”.

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