Ex-Nazi guard charged with 5,230 counts of accessory to murder
In this July 18, 2017 photo the wooden main gate leads into the former Nazi German Stutthof concentration camp in Sztutowo, Poland. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, April 18, 2019 8:56AM EDT
BERLIN -- German prosecutors say they have charged a former Nazi concentration camp guard with 5,230 counts of accessory to murder.
Prosecutors in the northern city of Hamburg said Thursday that the 92-year-old suspect, whose name wasn't released, is accused of assisting in the "malicious and cruel" killing of mainly Jewish inmates through his work as a guard at the Stutthof concentration camp between August 1944 and April 1945.
Prosecutors said the man, who was aged 17-18 at the time, was "a little wheel in the machinery of murder" which saw thousands of people shot dead, poisoned or starved toward the end of World War II.
German daily Die Welt reported that the man acknowledged to investigators he was aware of the camp's gas chambers and saw bodies taken to the crematoriums.