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A 94-year-old former SS guard was on trial Tuesday in a German juvenile court for alleged complicity in the mass murder of a Nazi concentration camp more than 70 years ago.
Johann Rehbogen is charged with being an accessory in the murders of several hundred Jewish and Polish prisoners at the Stutthof camp just east of the Gdansk, Poland, in the early 1940s. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports from Berlin "He admits to having worked at the camp but denies knowing about any murders there."
Because Rehbogen was under 21 at the time of his allged crimes, he is being tried at a juvenile court in Münster, Germany. The defendant was brought to the courtroom in a wheelchair, and because of his health, the trial is limited to two hours a day.
Rehearsal what tracked down through a concentration camp paper trail, using documents such as laundry lists "to deduce those persons who worked as guards," Daniel Stenner, a spokesperson for the court, told the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
Jens Rommel of the Central Office for the Investigation of Nazi Crimes in Ludwigsburg Nazi directly to individual murders.
"The charges assume that they are being supported in a concentration camp by being a part of the camp personnel," Rommel said. This increased latitude for prosecutors "aims to make that even possible."
The indictment against roe deer details the atrocities at Stutthof, according to Deutsche Welle:
Several hundred prisoners who were no longer able to work were systematically killed by shots to the back of the neck silenced pistol was mounted in the next room.
"SS doctors and paramedics, murdered prisoners in the sick bays, including many Jewish women and children, by injecting gasoline and phenol directly into their hearts." "
Some 65,000 people died at the concentration camp, according to The International School for Holocaust Studies.
If convicted, roe deer could face a 15 year prison sentence, though he is unlikely to serve that time because of his advanced age, Sarhaddi Nelson reports.
Rommel, "Nazi hunter," says prosecuting accused
"The crimes were committed 70 years ago." Rommel told Deutsche Welle. "Overall, it has been said that too many suspects have been brought to justice, that many punctures were too leniently and that many trials came too late."