BERLIN — A 100-year-old man will be tried in Germany for aiding and abetting mass murder while working as a concentration camp guard, making him one of the oldest defendants in a case against alleged perpetrators of the Nazi era.
The centenary has been charged with aiding and abetting the murder of more than 3,500 inmates at the Sachsenhausen camp on the outskirts of Berlin. He is said to have worked there between 1942 and 1945 as a member of the Nazi SS militia.
The man, who was not appointed under German privacy laws, was deemed fit enough for trial despite his advanced age and will be able to spend around two hours a day in the courtroom afterwards. the start of the trial in October, said a spokeswoman for the Neuruppin court where the proceedings will take place.
Historians and rights groups say the case, possibly one of the last of its kind, is a reminder that all Nazi perpetrators must be brought to justice regardless of age in what should serve as a warning to current and future perpetrators of human rights violations around the world. .
Few of the suspected Nazi offenders, including those who were teenagers during WWII, are still alive. But several have been tried recently after a court precedent opened the door to the prosecution of the lowest – and often the youngest – members of the Nazi repressive apparatus.