The Jewish Chronicle reports a 93-year-old alleged SS member was arrested in Germany last night.
Hans Lipschis, who was taken into custody from his care home near Stuttgart, was accused of taking part in murder and genocide at Auschwitz, explains The Jewish Chronicle.
The accused has admitted to working at the camp from 1941-1945 but has denied any knowledge of the killings that took place. He told reporters that he was a “cook for the entire time.”
The Jewish Chronicle explains, Mr Lipschis was allegedly a member of the SS-Totenkopf Sturbann, which guarded the camp. He fled to the US in 1956 but was deported to Germany in 1983 after being accused of being a Nazi war criminal. The Lithuanian-born man was added to the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's list of wanted Nazis a few weeks ago.
Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem Efraim Zuroff said: “We welcome the arrest. I hope this will only be the first of many arrests, trials and convictions of death camp guards,” concludes The Jewish Chronicle.
All Nazi camp guards are considered accomplices to genocide even without actual evidence of physical participation in atrocities.