A 100-year-old man on trial for his alleged function as a Nazi SS guard at a focus camp throughout World Warfare II instructed a German court docket Friday that he was harmless.
The defendant is charged with 3,518 counts of accent to homicide on the Sachsenhausen focus camp close to Berlin, the place he allegedly labored between 1942 and 1945 as an enlisted member of the Nazi Social gathering’s paramilitary wing.
German information company dpa reported that the defendant, who was recognized solely as Josef S. in step with German privateness guidelines, mentioned on the second day of his trial earlier than the Neuruppin state court docket that he did not know the Sachsenhausen camp.
Two witnesses from France and the Netherlands earlier instructed the court docket how their fathers had been killed at Sachsenhausen for having been a part of the resistance in opposition to the Nazis.
Authorities deemed the defendant match sufficient to face trial regardless of his superior age, although the variety of hours per day the court docket is in session might be restricted.
Greater than 200,000 folks had been held at Sachsenhausen between 1936 and 1945. Tens of 1000’s of inmates died of hunger, illness, exhaustion from compelled labor and different causes, in addition to by means of medical experiments and systematic SS extermination operations, together with shootings, hangings and gassing.
The precise numbers of these killed fluctuate, with higher estimates of some 100,000, although students recommend figures of 40,000 to 50,000 are possible extra correct.
“The defendant knowingly and willingly aided and abetted this not less than by rigorously performing guard responsibility, which was seamlessly built-in into the killing system,” prosecutor Cyrill Klement instructed the court docket.
Additional hearings are scheduled by means of January.