Ex-Nazi camp guard sentenced to 5 years in prison for Holocaust atrocities

The man had been charged in 2021 with “knowingly and voluntarily” aiding and abetting the murder of prisoners at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Oranienburg, north of Berlin, from January 1942 to February 1945, according to Neuruppin’s prosecution, in the northeast of Berlin. State of Brandenburg.

He was sentenced in Neuruppin Regional Court on Tuesday, a court spokesperson told CNN.

“The verdict is late compensation for relatives and a very important sign from Germany,” Christoph Heubner of the International Auschwitz Committee told CNN on Tuesday.

Heubner, who followed the lawsuit, criticized the number of years it took for German courts to file suit. “Now the wound of loved ones can be healed,” he said.

The convict had always denied being active in the concentration camp, according to Heubner.

The Central Council of Jews in Germany recognized the decision. “Even though the defendant is unlikely to serve his full prison term due to his advanced age, the verdict is to be welcomed,” Josef Schuster, the council’s president, told CNN.

“The thousands of people who worked in the concentration camps operated the murderous machinery. They were part of the system, so they should also bear responsibility for it,” Schuster said. “It is bitter that the defendant denied his activities at that time until the end and showed no remorse.”

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The man’s name has not been made public, in accordance with German privacy laws. The charges included involvement in the execution of Soviet prisoners of war in 1942, and aiding and abetting the murder of prisoners through the use of poison gas, as well as other shootings and killing of prisoners in creating and maintaining hostile conditions in the Sachsenhausen camp. .

Sachsenhausen was built by prisoners and opened in 1936. Of the approximately 200,000 prisoners who passed through it, around 100,000 are believed to have died there. During World War II, the camp’s prison population fluctuated between approximately 11,000 and 48,000.

An estimated 6 million Jews were killed in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Hundreds of thousands of Roma, political opponents, homosexuals and people with physical or learning disabilities were also killed.


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