At the age of 100, Josef Schütz was tried in Germany for his activities as a former guard at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, near Berlin, during World War II.
This Friday, October 8, 2018, the oldest accusation of Nazi crimes was made by a centenarian who was formerly a guard at concentration camps. “To be innocent”These are the facts that were alleged against him on the second day in his German trial.
“It is not known to me, because I don’t know anything about it.”, said Josef Schütz, 100, adding that he was « innocent »While being interrogated about his activities at Sachsenhausen concentration camp (near Berlin) during WWII,
“Everything is broken”During my head, he said the same thing, while complaining about how I was “All alone here”In the box of the accused at the court of Brandeburg an der Havel, where he must appear up to the beginning of January.
Stefan Waterkamp, his own lawyer, quickly interrupted him. He had earlier warned his client that he would not discuss the time period in which he was charged.
“We had nonetheless agreed with the defense in this process”“No,” protested the lawyer.
Josef Schütz, former non-commissioned officer of the Totenkopf (“Skull”) division of the Waffen-SS, is being prosecuted for “Complicity is in the murders”3,518 prisoners were held in Sachsenhausen during 1942-1945.
The second hearing was dedicated to his biography and, in particular, his life before and during the war.
Arrived alone, moving with a walker but with a relatively confident gait, Josef Schütz recounted in detail certain aspects of his past existence, in particular his work on the family farm in Lithuania with his seven siblings, then his enlistment in the army in 1938.
He was sent to Russia as a prisoner of war and later settled in Brandenburg, Germany. He was a peasant, then a locksmith.
The accused described many occasions the birthdays that he shared with his children and grandchildren. He also mentioned how much his wife loved him.
“She kept saying to me: “There is no one like you anywhere in the world” »He said.
Up until January, twenty hearings will be held, with a maximum of two hours due to his advanced age.