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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.

Read: Charges recommended for 30 former Auschwitz guards

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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

Read: Charges recommended for 30 former Auschwitz guards

Nazi hunter: Lipschis arrest is a 'very positive step'

Efraim Zuroff, the chief Nazi hunter with the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, has welcomed the arrest of Hans Lipschis over allegations he served as a Auschwitz death camp guard.

Lipschis number 4 on his current list of "most wanted Nazi war criminals".

Mr Zuroff told the Associated Press: "This is a very positive step, we welcome the arrest. I hope this will only be the first of many arrests, trials and convictions of death camp guards".

93-year-old 'ex-Auschwitz guard' arrested in Germany

A 93-year-old man alleged Auschwitz death camp guard has been arrested by German authorities, the Associated Press reports, citing Stuttgard prosecutors.

Hans Lipschis was taken into custody after it was concluded there was "compelling evidence" he was involved in crimes at Auschwitz while there from 1941 to 1945, prosecutor Claudia Krauth said.

The gates of Auschwitz concentration camp Credit: PA

Lipschis has acknowledged being assigned to an SS guard unit at the camp but maintains he only served as a cook and was not involved in any war crimes.

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