Trial of former Nazi SS guard, 95, likely over because of his ill health


(JTA) — The trial in Germany of a former Nazi SS guard, now 95, likely cannot be restarted after it was suspended due to his ill health.

Johann Rehbogen is accused of being complicit in the mass murders of several hundred prisoners at the Stutthof concentration camp. More than 60,000 people were killed at Stutthof during World War II.

His trial was suspended by the judge in December because Rehbogen was hospitalized with heart and kidney problems.

On Monday, the Muenster state court said it seems unlikely that the trial will be restarted after a doctor determined that he is still unfit to stand trial, The Associated Press reported.

Rehbogen, who uses a wheelchair, was younger than 21 when he worked at the camp between 1942 and 1944 and thus is being tried in a juvenile court in the western German city of Muenster. The trial started in November and only met twice a week on non-consecutive days to accommodate his age and poor health.

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