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Germany charges former Mauthausen death protection

Image copyrightAFP Image textsThousands were killed at Mauthausen German prosecutors have accused a 95-year-old man of being an accessory to…

 The former Nazi death camps in Mauthausen, northern Austria, November 23, 2018

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Thousands were killed at Mauthausen

German prosecutors have accused a 95-year-old man of being an accessory to tens of thousands of fatal deaths in an Austrian Nazi death camp.

Justified as Hans H for legal reasons, the Berlin resident has been guarded at Mauthausen from mid 1

944 to early 1945.

A statement from Berlin’s prosecutor’s office accuses him of being part of the killing

He is the latest of several former deadlockers to face justice.

Half of the 190,000 people held at Mauthausen, Austria’s largest Nazi death camp, were killed. His H is accused of being an accessory to the death of 36,223 of them.

The camp, 20 km from Linz, held those who were considered enemies of the Nazi authorities.

Many were killed to death

The prosecutor’s statement states that the accused, serving in a Nazi SS unit, was aware of “the methods of all deaths and the catastrophic living conditions of the detainees in the camp”.

He claimed that he supported, or at least made “easier the thousands of deaths carried out by the chief perpetrator.”

It is now up to a court in Berlin to determine whether his case is being considered.

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Mauthausen was Austria’s largest Nazi death camp

Other recent cases include by Johann Rehbogen, 94, charged on November 6th in connection with massacres in Stutthof camp in what is now northern Poland.

Another legal issue includes a 94-year-old former SS guard accused of assisting and supporting massacres at Auschwitz-Birkenau. A court in Mannheim decides whether to proceed with a trial.

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Two more 94-year-olds, Oskar Groening and Reinhold Hanning, both in Auschwitz, were sentenced successfully but died before prison sentences.

The legal basis for attempting earlier death protection was changed in 2011 with the conviction of John Demjanjuk, a guard at the Sobibor camp in occupied Poland.

His trial opened the opportunity to prosecute former guards because they had been involved in a deadlock operation rather than having to charge them to participate directly in cruelty.

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