BONN (Aug. 26)
Josef Schwammberger reportedly boasted to a fellow inmate that he personally shot Jews when he was a commandant of concentration camps in Poland in World War II, a charge he has denied in the Stuttgart court where he is now on trial.
The prosecution has petitioned the court to permit the inmate to testify at the war crimes trial of the former SS officer.
The prosecution said it had evidence that Schwammberger boasted of killing Jews in a conversation with another prisoner at the beginning of the year and that he added, “I should have killed more of them.”
The prisoner has not been identified. He is serving time for involvement in a traffic accident.
Schwammberger, 79, was extradited from Argentina last year. He is charged with murdering at least 45 people and with complicity in the murders of 3,377 others, most of them Jews.