Alleged Waffen SS Auschwitz Guard to Stand Trial in Germany
Forward/JTA – Prosecutors in the Bavarian city of Weiden think they have a good chance of bringing an 87-year-old former Auschwitz guard to trial.
An investigation of the man – whose name has not yet been released by the Central Office of the State Justice Administrations for the Investigation of National Socialist Crimes – shows that he volunteered for the Waffen SS in 1942 and was trained as a guard, according to the German news agency dpa. The alleged Nazi guard worked at the arrivals ramp and in a guard tower at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and has been accused of contributing “significantly” to the murder of at least 344,000 people in the gas chambers there in 1944. According to the report, most of the victims were Jews from Hungary.