A 94-year-old man who worked as a low-ranking guard at Auschwitz will go on trial on Thursday. Such cases are brought to the courts because of the work of a dedicated team of ‘Nazi hunters’ who refuse to let sleeping dogs lie.
The court case against a 94-year-old former SS soldier has opened in the western German city of Detmold. Reinhold H. is charged with 170,000 counts of accessory to murder between January 1943 and June 1944.
A new report published by the German government says that a 1998 law designed to stop war pensions being paid to former Nazis has had almost no effect. The Labor Ministry says there is little it can do now.
German prosecutors are investigating three more cases of former workers at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Investigations into Nazi crimes have been accelerated as the number of suspects dwindles.
Auschwitz survivors, and witnesses against former SS-member Reinhold H., gave a press conference ahead of a new trial of the former death camp guard. They insisted that this trial represents an important new legal step.
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