Germany indicts 2 ex-guards for camp deaths

2017-11-16 05:45


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Berlin - German prosecutors on Wednesday said they had indicted two former Nazi SS guards in their 90s on charges of being accessories to murder while they worked at a World War II concentration camp.

Both men served as guards at the Stutthof concentration camp, located near what is now the Polish city of Gdansk, said Dortmund prosecutor Andreas Brendel.

The indictments were filed against a 93-year-old man from Borken who served in Stutthof from June 1942 to September 1944 and a 92-year-old man from Wuppertal who was there from June 1944 to May 1945.

About 65 000 people died at Stutthof. Some were put to death in gas chambers or shot, while others died from malnutrition or froze to death.

The men, who have not been named, both served as guards and also watched over prisoners who were taken outside the camp to work. During the time they were at Stutthof, hundreds of killings occurred.

Members of the SS killed more than 100 Polish prisoners and about 77 Soviet prisoners of war in the camp's gas chamber in 1944. An unknown number of Jews also were gassed there in late 1944.

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