Josef S., a former Waffen-SS Master Corpsoral, was based at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin. His “complicity and murders” of 3 518 prisoners between 1942-1945 is what he is facing.
One hundred-year-old ex-contention camp guard will appear before a German court starting Thursday, October 7. He is the oldest Nazi crime accused ever tried in this country.
Josef S., a former master-colonel of the “Totenkopf (Skull] division of the Waffen-SS is being prosecuted for “complicity and the murders” in the deaths of 3,518 prisoners while serving in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Berlin between 1942 and 1945.
The incident started when he was 21 years old. He is most likely to have shot Soviet prisoners. “Aid and complicity to gas murders” de type Zyklon B.
The Sachsenhausen camp housed around 200,000 prisoners between its opening in 1936, and its liberation on April 22, 1945 by the Soviets. These were mostly political opponents and homosexuals.
Many tens to thousands of them died from exhaustion due to forced labor and cruel conditions in detention.
This trial is held a week after that of Irmgard Furchner (96), who was a former secretary at another Nazi concentration camp. Because of an extraordinary attempt to escape from the nonagenarian, the first hearing was postponed until October 19.
Germany tried to condemn four ex-SS members for ten years by extending the complicity count in murder to camp guards and other Nazi machine executors. This demonstrates the severity of his justice, even though it was very late.
Josef S. “It is not alleged that he shot any person in particular, but he has been accused of contributing to these acts through his role as a guard and having known about the killings taking place in the camps.”Iris le Claire, spokesperson for Neuruppin’s parquet floor, said so.
He could be sentenced to at least three years imprisonment, but that is only the theory. His sentence will likely be symbolic because of his age.
In August, a doctor declared him fit for appearance, with the condition that 22 hearings planned until January were restricted to no more than two hours.
“He is largely in good health and shows no signs of emerging dementia. We can say that he is mentally and spiritually very healthy ”, spoke to AFP Thomas Walther, the lawyer for 11 out of the 16 civil defendants in this trial, which included seven survivors.
His life is a blurred memory. He would have been a locksmith in Brandenburg after his release from captivity in 1947.