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a 101 years german He was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted on more than 3,500 counts of complicity in murder for his role as a Nazi guard at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
According to the Associated Press, Judge Udo Lichtermann told the man, “You have willingly supported this genocide through your activism.” “I watched the deportees being tortured and brutally murdered there every day for three years.”
The man, identified by German media as Joseph S. , working in the camp throughout the trial, claiming that he worked as a farm laborer between 1942 and 1945.
But the court concluded that the prosecution was able to prove that the recruited man as Member of the Nazi Party Paramilitary wing, using private guard documents containing the man’s name, date of birth and place of birth, and other documented evidence of his status as a camp guard.
“The court came to the conclusion that, contrary to what you claim, you worked in the concentration camp as a guard for about three years,” Lichterman told the man, adding that his work there helped the Nazis kill thousands.
The judge agreed to the prosecution’s request a Five years imprisonmentThe defense requested acquittal and pledged to appeal the verdict.
The ruling comes as a German legal precedent has developed in recent years for charging people who played a role in aiding the Nazi genocide, often accusing people such as guards and secretaries who worked in concentration camps of participating in the killings.
The Germans celebrated their last trial Jewish organizationswho says that bringing people involved in concentration camps to justice gives a sense of closure to the families of the victims.
“Even if the accused is not likely to serve his full prison sentence due to his advanced age, the verdict would be welcome,” Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told the AP.
He added, “Thousands of people who worked in concentration camps kept the killing mechanism running. They were part of the system, so they should take responsibility for it.” “It is bittersweet that the defendant denied his activities at that time to the end and showed no remorse.”
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