Former Nazi Guard, 100, to Stand Trial in Germany

Former Nazi Guard, 100, to Stand Trial in Germany

( – Opened by the SS in 1936, the Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin saw the deaths of an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 innocent people. On August 3, a suspected former Nazi guard at the camp was charged and will stand trial for “3,518 counts of accessory to murder,” according to a report by Newsmax.

As the first camp of its kind, Sachsenhausen held countless “Jews, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses,” Russians, and Poles from the camp’s inception until its liberation in 1945. But the imprisonment of these faultless men, women, and children would’ve been impossible without the participation of Nazi guards who trapped, starved, shot, and gassed them during their stay.

Although German law prohibits the release of the alleged SS guard’s name, the case against the 100-year-old has a precedent. It states that whoever “helped the concentration camps to function” can face charges for the “murders committed there.”

While it’s true the clock is ticking as Nazis reach the end of their lives, German law states a defendant’s age is “no excuse to ignore them” or the atrocities they assisted in perpetrating during World War II.

If the prosecution is successful, it’s unlikely the accused will see much time behind bars due to his advanced age. But whether or not the verdict comes back guilty, he’ll soon face judgment.

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