The General Prosecutor in Germany has recommended that an 87-year-old man who served as a guard at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp be tried on charges he helped to murder 344,000 people at the camp in 1944. The name and whereabouts of the foreign resident have not been released so as not to interfere with the investigation. A few weeks remain in the probe, at which time it will be decided whether to seek extradition.
While there is no physical or eyewitness evidence about a specific case, documents can prove he was a guard at the camp, sent Jews to their deaths in the gas chambers and was involved in the Holocaust of the Jews of Hungary. Prosecution is possible under what is being called the "Demjanjuk precedent", under which John Demjanjuk was convicted under similar circumstances.