Germany Probes Ex-Nazi Guard Over Soviet POW Deaths
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Mon 21st June 2021 | 07:12 PM
German prosecutors on Monday said they were investigating a 95-year-old man for complicity in murder over his role as a Nazi guard at a prisoner of war camp where many Soviet soldiers died during World War II
Berlin, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Jun, 2021 ) :German prosecutors on Monday said they were investigating a 95-year-old man for complicity in murder over his role as a Nazi guard at a prisoner of war camp where many Soviet soldiers died during World War II.
"I can confirm that a probe is ongoing," Bernd Kolkmeier, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office in the northern city of Celle, told AFP.
Prosecution spokesman Kolkmeier did not give an exact toll, but told TAZ that Soviet prisoners of war died "in large numbers" at the camp.
German prosecutors are in a race against time to bring to justice the last surviving perpetrators of Nazi-era crimes.
In March, Celle prosecutors closed their case against a 95-year-old former concentration camp guard for lack of evidence.
Germany has been hunting down lower-level former Nazi staff ever since the 2011 conviction of former guard John Demjanjuk on the basis he served as part of the Nazi killing machine set a legal precedent.
Since then, courts have handed down several guilty verdicts on those grounds rather than for murders or atrocities directly linked to the individual accused.
Among those who were brought to late justice were Oskar Groening, an accountant at Auschwitz, and Reinhold Hanning, an SS guard at the same camp.