101-Year-Old Former Nazi Guard Sentenced to 5 Years, Convicted of 3,518 Counts of Accessory to Murder

101-Year-Old Former Nazi Guard Sentenced to 5 Years, Convicted of 3,518 Counts of Accessory to Murder
101-Year-Old Former Nazi Guard Sentenced to 5 Years, Convicted of 3,518 Counts of Accessory to Murder

On Tuesday, a 101-year-old man was found guilty of 3,518 counts of accessory to murder in Germany and sentenced to five years in prison, though it was unclear whether he would ever serve time.

Because of German privacy laws, the man was only identified as Josef S. He worked as an enlisted member of the Nazi Party’s paramilitary wing at the Sachsenhausen camp on the outskirts of Berlin between 1942 and 1945.

He has been described as the oldest person ever tried on Nazi-era charges in German media.

On Tuesday, the man was found guilty of 3,518 counts of accessory to murder at Neruppin Regional Court in Brandenburg.

Prosecutors charged the pensioner with aiding and abetting the shooting and killing of Soviet POWs, as well as the poison gas murder of inmates, though he was not charged with actively carrying out any of the murders.

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