Auschwitz guards face charges

German justice officials have recommended that 30 alleged former Auschwitz guards should face charges over Nazi war crimes, despite no direct evidence of knowledge or involvement in the atrocities.

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Renewed Auschwitz probe prompted by Demjanjuk case

John Demjanjuk died last year while appealing against a five-year jail sentence

A decision to investigate 30 alleged former guards at Auschwitz was prompted by the case of Ukraine-born John Demjanjuk.

Demjanjuk was the first Nazi war criminal to be convicted in Germany without evidence of a specific crime or victim but purely on the grounds he had served as death camp guard.

He died last year, aged 91, while appealing against a five-year jail sentence for complicity in the murder of more than 28,000 Jews at the Sobibor camp in Poland.

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Ex-Auschwitz guards 'guilty of complicity in murder'

German justice officials have called for 30 alleged former Nazi guards to face prosecution for their role in facilitating mass murder at the Auschwitz death camp during World War Two.

"The accused ... are all former guards at the concentration camps Auschwitz-Birkenau and we take the view that this job - regardless of what they can be individually accused of - makes them guilty of complicity in murder

– Chief prosecutor Kurt Schirm

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