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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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.