Former Buchenwald Guards Face Possible Charges in Germany

Prisoners and US army soldiers stand behind the gate of Buchenwald concentration camp on which it is written 'Jedem das seine' (To each his just deserts). The construction of Buchenwald camp started 15 July 1937 and was liberated by US General Patton's army 11 April 1945. Between 239,000 and 250,000 …

(AP) BERLIN, Germany — German prosecutors are investigating whether to bring accessory to murder charges against five men who were guards at the Buchenwald concentration camp during World War II.

Jens Rommel, head of the federal prosecutors’ office that investigates Nazi war crimes, confirmed a story in the taz newspaper Thursday that his office had found sufficient evidence against the men to turn their cases over to Thuringia state prosecutors.

His office can’t bring charges.

Some 56,000 people were killed at Buchenwald, which was near the German city of Weimar.

Rommel said the suspects are between ages 92 to 96 and all live in Germany. He said all but one served at Buchenwald during 1944-45.

They’re suspected as accessories to murder for helping the camp function. There is no evidence of their involvement in specific deaths.


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