93-Year-Old Nazi Guard Charged With 170K Counts Of Accessory To Murder

by Sean Levinson
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A 93-year-old man has been charged with 170,000 counts of accessory to murder while serving as a guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

The defendant was allegedly deployed to Poland's Auschwitz in January 1942, according to CBS News, and served there until June of 1944.

His primary responsibility is said to have been guarding prisoners when they first arrived at the camp, before they were assigned either to be put to work or to death.

Prosecutors from Germany's Detmold state court claim the former Nazi helped thousands of murders take place by guarding the victims before execution, the Local reports.

The prosecution also says the accused knew of every way the Nazis were committing murders.

The defendant has admitted to working at Auschwitz but denies participating in any killings.

Detmold court is currently debating whether he is fit to stand trial.

Auschwitz was the most murderous of Hitler's concentration camps, producing an estimated 1.1 million deaths.

Citations: Accused Nazi guard charged with accessory to murder (CBS News), SS Guard charged with 170000 murders (The Local)