Germany charges another Auschwitz guard, 92, with murder


BERLIN (JTA) — Germany charged a 92-year-old man who served as a guard at Auschwitz with complicity in murder.

The unnamed man from Hanau, a city near Frankfurt, was charged Wednesday for his alleged role as a Nazi SS guard. The charges were filed on the same day that a German court  sentenced Oskar Groening, 94, to four years in jail for his role as a guard at the concentration camp.

Since he was 19 or 20 at the time of his alleged crimes, the unnamed man was charged in juvenile court, according to reports. He allegedly watched over transports of deportees from Berlin, and from the transit camps Drancy in France and Westerbork in Holland.

According to German news reports, at least 1,075 people from these transports were murdered immediately upon arrival in the camp’s gas chambers.

He is one of several people whose homes had been searched by German investigators in February 2014.

Clues leading to some of the suspects came from the Central Office for the Investigation of National Socialist Crimes in Ludwigsburg, which made a major push to identify former death camp guards after the conviction of John Demjanjuk in 2011 for his role in the murders of nearly 30,000 Jews in the Sobibor death camp in Poland.

Groening was convicted for his role in the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews at Auschwitz.

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