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100-year-old Nazi guard tells German court he’s innocent

Former Nazi concentration camp guard Josef Schuetz has expressed his innocence before a German court, stating that he’s not guilty.

The former Nazi guard, who is now 100 years old, is accused of “knowingly and willingly” assisting in the murder of 3,518 prisoners at the Sachsenhausen camp in Oranienburg between 1942 and 1945.

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The allegations against him include assisting in the murder of Soviet prisoners of war in 1942 by firing squad.

He has also been accused of assisting in the murder of prisoners using the Zyklon B gas.

Schuetz, who is the oldest person to be charged for Nazi-era crimes in Germany, says that he “knows nothing” about what happened at the camp and that he did “absolutely nothing”.

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The Sachsenhausen camp had detained over 200,000 people between 1936 and 1945, which included Jews, Roma, gay people and regime opponents.

Many inmates died from forced labour, murder, medical experiments, hunger or disease.

Sachsenhausen’s case comes one week after a 96-year-old German woman, who was a secretary in a Nazi death camp, was charged with complicity in murder.

Schuetz, who remains free during the trial, is unlikely to be put behind bars if convicted due to his age.

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