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Schwammberger May Face New Charges

Josef Schwammberger, the former SS officer who was sentenced in May to life imprisonment for the killing of Jews during World War II, may face another trial.

It would involve Schwammberger’s role as the commander of a camp for slave laborers in the occupied Polish town of Mielec.

The events related to the Mielec camp were not discussed in the Stuttgart proceedings that led to Schwammberger’s conviction. They include charges that the former SS official killed dozens of people, most of them Jews.

Schwammberger, who turned 80 this year, used delaying tactics before and during his trial, and is likely to continue doing so.

Prosecutors say they would need some eight months to prepare the new charges against the Nazi criminal, who was extradited here from Argentina in 1990.

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