Prosecutors bring new Auschwitz charges
Prosecutors in Frankfurt are bringing charges against a 92-year-old man who they allege was an SS-member and guard at Auschwitz during the Second World War.
The news comes in the week Oskar Gröning was sentenced to four years in jail by a court in Lüneburg in north Germany for his role as a guard and 'accountant' at the same extermination camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.
Bizarrely, the case is set to take place in front of a youth court in Hanau, because the man was between the ages of 19 and 20 at the times of the alleged crimes.
According to the prosecutors, the accused was a guard at Auschwitz between November 1942 and June 1943.
They allege that during this time he participated in the "organised processing“ of three deportations of around 1,870 people.
Of these people at least 1,075 were immediately killed in a "awful and malevolent“ manner, said the prosecutors.
The deportees arrived from Berlin, Dancey in France and Westerbork in the Netherlands. Prosecutors revealed that they are limiting the case to these three deportations for legal reasons and due to the amount of evidence they have in these particular cases.
The accused signed up voluntarily for service in the SS and knew he was participating in "industrial and organised mass murder“ of defenceless people, argue the prosecutors.