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August 21, 2012 11:58 am

Alleged Waffen SS Auschwitz Guard to Stand Trial in Germany

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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.

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