Germany trying Nazi guards before they die

Germany attempts to bring guards to justice before they die; three concentration camp guards in their 90s to stand trial.

Nisan Tzur,


Judges in the city of Hanau, Germany, determined that a 93 year-old German citizen will stand trial for being a guard in the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau and was responsible for the death of at least 1,075 of the inmates.   

The man, whose name was not published, served as a guard at the camp's train station for eight months between November 1942 and June 1943. During that time at least three trains arrived at the camp packed full of Jews from Berlin, the French city of Drancy and Westbroek in Holland.   

"Among the thousands of people expelled to the concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau during that time period, at least 1,075 were sent directly to their deaths in the gas chambers upon their arrival. At least three of the relatives of the victims of those people are joining in pressing charges against the accused," the accusation read. 

Attorneys for the accused have claimed that their client is not healthy enough to stand trial. However, judges who were overseeing the trial accepted the view of the doctor who checked the accused and determined that he will stand trial. The judges also determined that the court appearances will be limited to four hours at a time. The trial is set to begin in April. 

German prosecutors have been attempting to bring former Nazi's to trial before they die. 94-year-old Reinold Hanning, will face trial in the city of Detmold for his serving as a guard in Auschwitz-Birkenau and assisting in the deaths of 170,000 people.  

In Neubrandenburg, a city on the shore of Lake Tollensesee in Germany, Hubert Zafka will stand trial at the end of the month. Hubert is 95 years old and worked as a paramedic in Aushwitz-Birkenau. He is charged with assisting the deaths of some 3,681 people.