German prosecutors have recommended the prosecution of 30 German citizens who allegedly served as prison guards at Auschwitz. The 2011 conviction of John Demjanjuk, the Ohio auto worker who died last year while awaiting his appeal, has opened the door for these prosecutions. This new legal argument states that anyone who was involved in the operation of a death camp can be considered an accessory to murder regardless of a known incident. The LA Times has the Sept. 4 story.
Kurt Schrimm, the federal prosecutor with the Central Office for the Investigation of National Socialist Crimes, which is based in Ludwigsburg, handles Nazi war crimes. He said the alleged ex-Nazi suspects were between the ages of 86 and 97. Seven additional suspects were from outside Germany, but none of the names have been released at this time.
Whether these elderly alleged former Nazi prison guards will actually stand trial for the atrocities of the Nazi death camps or not will be totally up to the state prosecutors where the cases have been forwarded. Obviously, some of these people are close to 100 years old and may not be fit to stand trial.
It is interesting to note that time is soon going to close the door on the prosecution of Nazi war criminals.
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