The former SS member accused of involvement in the murder of more than 13 thousand people

© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikova in photobacteria on the territory of the former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in AuschwitzThe former SS member accused of involvement in the murder of more than 13 thousand people© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikovite the image Bank

The Stuttgart Prosecutor’s office filed charges of involvement in the murder of 13 thousand 335 persons against 94-year-old former member of the SS, a former guard of the concentration camp «Auschwitz-Birkenau» during the Second world war, said Monday the official representative of Department.

«The accused worked as a member of the SS from December 1942 to January 1943 in the camp as a guard and thus supported the actions of destruction,» — said the representative of Prosecutor’s office of the TV channel n-tv.

At this time in a concentration camp profit 15 trains with prisoners, they were subjected to so-called sorting, and those who were not able to work were immediately murdered in the gas chambers. According to the prosecution, inoperative was recognized 13 thousand to 335, all of them were killed.

The lawyer of the accused said that his client knew nothing about the context, objectives and process of destruction, added the Prosecutor. The trial of former security guard must undergo in the regional court Mannheim.

«Auschwitz-Birkenau» — a complex of German concentration camps and death camps, located in 1940-1945 years near the town of Auschwitz in Poland, 60 kilometers West of Krakow. About 1.4 million people, of which about 1.1 million Jews were killed in «Auschwitz» in 1941-1945.

«Auschwitz-Birkenau» was the largest and most long-existing Nazi extermination camp, and therefore became one of the main symbols of the Holocaust. The camp was liberated on 27 January 1945 by Soviet troops — this day was established by the UN as the international day of remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust.

Previously in Germany at the age of 96 years died Oskar Groening, who was sentenced in 2015 to four years in prison on charges of involvement in the killings of 300 thousand people in the camp «Auschwitz-Birkenau» during the Second world war.

A former SS officer Groening was known as the «accountant of Auschwitz». He worked in the administration of the concentration camp accountant and was engaged in the registration and posting of currency that was seized from prisoners upon arrival in camp. In the course of the trial Groening twice made the statement that recognizes the moral guilt for killing people in a concentration camp.

Protection Groening tried to appeal the verdict. The Hanover Prosecutor’s office found him fit enough to be serving a prison sentence. The higher regional court in Celle confirmed that Groening may serve time in prison, despite his age.

The court found that the state is obliged to ensure equal treatment of all sentenced, and special needs Groening «can be satisfied by appropriate safeguards». At the end of December 2017, the German constitutional court rejected the complaint Groening, who had asked for deferment of confinement.

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