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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

92-year-old former Nazi officer on trial for murder

A 92-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen SS has gone on trial in Germany accused of murdering a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944.

Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German citizen, is accused of killing Aldert Klaas Dijkema in the town of Appingedam in The Netherlands, near the German border.

Bruins faces a possible life sentence.

ITV News' special correspondent Rageh Omaar reports:

Ex-Nazi Waffen SS member, 92, on trial for murder

A 92-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen SS has gone on trial in Germany accused of murdering a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944.

Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German citizen, entered the Hagen state court using a walking frame.

Siert Bruins, a suspected Nazi war criminal, in court today.
Siert Bruins, a suspected Nazi war criminal, in court today. Credit: REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

No pleas are made in the German system and Bruins offered no statement.

His lawyer, Klaus-Peter Kniffka, said after the 35-minute opening session that it was unlikely his client would ever address the court personally.

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Former SS officer to face murder charge 70 years on

A former SS officer is due to appear in court in Germany later today, where he stands accused of murdering a Dutch resistance fighter at least 70 years ago.

Siert Bruins, 92, could face a life sentence if found guilty of the murder of Aldert Klaas Dijkema in September 1944.

The trial is a landmark case in Germany as Bruins is the last alleged Nazi criminal to be detained.

Another former SS officer, Heinrich Boere, began a life sentence in December 2011 for murdering three Dutch civilians during World War II.

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