UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL – German prosecutors have charged a 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard with accessory to mass murder.
The suspect, who hasn’t been named, recently appeared in court in Mannheim, western Germany.
He allegedly served at the Nazis’ Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp from late 1942 to early 1943. It is estimated more than 13,000 people died in the camp while the suspect was working there.
He was charged on the premise that as a guard, he helped the camp function. However, according to his lawyer, he was unaware of what was happening.
He was charged as a juvenile because he was only 19 at the time of the alleged crime.
Out of the estimated 6,500 Auschwitz guards who survived the war, less than 50 of them have been convicted.
Two guards were convicted in recent years, but they both died prior to serving jail time.