The two men reportedly held the victim under scalding water in the showers and beat him with a broomstick. The men, who are 15 and 24-years-old, also reportedly tied the 18-year-old to a chair, covered his face with a cloth and drew swastikas and SS runes on his body while other inmates joined in.
The abuse took place in May 2008 at a state-run juvenile facility in Regis-Breitingen. The accused prisoners reportedly told the 18-year-old that Russian prisoners at the home had put a price on his head and wanted him dead.
The man attempted to strangle himself in his cell, but failed in his first attempt. The men also tried to strangle the man themselves, but he was able to escape and alert guards.
The Focus report did not explain why Leipzig prosecutors have only now charged the pair with attempted murder.