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The 101-year-old SS camp guard is back in court after illness

The 101-year-old SS camp guard is back in court after illness

The trial of a suspected guard at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Germany has resumed. The trial was suspended for some time due to the health problems of the suspect, Joseph S. The 101-year-old October last year He started his work.

The case has been postponed several times this month and last month because S. is in hospital. Until today, he initially did not appear in court, which for practical reasons was transferred to the prison gymnasium in Brandenburg.

According to his lawyer, this was because S. “was not feeling well.” A doctor made a home visit to see if X would be able to appear in court. An hour later, the suspect was still in the room.

Farms in northern Germany

Joseph S. Accused of complicity in the murder of 3,518 people. This is the minimum number of people who died in the camp between January 1942 and February 1945. According to the Public Prosecution Service, S. worked in that period as an SS guard at the Nazi camp near Berlin.

The Public Prosecution suspects this because there are documents from the camp stating his name, date of birth and place of birth. He was accused of shooting Russian prisoners of war and killing prisoners with the poisonous gas Zyklon B.

S has always denied that he worked in the concentration camp. At the time, he says, he was working as a farmer in the northern German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Little is known about S.’s life after the war. After his capture in 1947, he would lead a somewhat unknown life as a locksmith.

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