Germany Arrests 3 Nazi Suspects

The elderly men are accused of being accessories to murder

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German police arrested three elderly men suspected of being former guards at Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz on Thursday.

The police raided the homes of nine elderly men, but only had sufficient evidence to arrest three, the Associated Press reports. The three men are 88, 92 and 94 and are living in  Baden Wuerttemberg in southwest Germany. Only the 88-year-old man made a statement, in which he admitted to being an Auschwitz guard but said, the AP reports.

The arrests come after authorities said in September that they would investigate former guards at the death camps in an effort to prosecute surviving guards before its too late. The stepped up Nazi hunt was inspired partly by the conviction of Ohio autoworker  John Demjanjuk, who died in a nursing home in 2012 while appealing his conviction. Demjanjuk, who was born in Ukraine, was the first person to be convicted in Germany for being a guard in a camp without any evidence that he killed anyone.

German prosecutors say anyone involved in a death camp is an accessory to murder.

[AP]

61 comments
ludwigleidig
ludwigleidig

Barbara Goette did not know about the exterminations in the camps but said that Ludwig Roselius may well have known. He was 46% shareholder of Focke-Wulf and had a luxury appartment in the Hotel Kaiserhof, Berlin. Barbara said that he 'knew everyone'. The book Bombshell by Ludwig Leidig reveals new information about the role of tycoons during WWII.

Cynthia Salas-Aguilar
Cynthia Salas-Aguilar

No matter their age, they are still accountable for the things they have done....

Allan Davidson
Allan Davidson

And that makes it that wee bit better dies it Joyce?

Mirembe Kuldah
Mirembe Kuldah

Tel them about the love of Jesus n 4giv them... Help them meet their Creator..

Mike Podesta
Mike Podesta

Its what u expect from a typical racist Muslim terrorist.

Ashish Dogra
Ashish Dogra

haritage.real proof for unwanted war expences.any way my sympathy with the survival.

Dora Valencia
Dora Valencia

Nazi officers were trying to save their lives and those of their families... After so long we should understand the power of authority (milgram and zimbardo) and what we would do in the face of death..

Joyce Lee
Joyce Lee

Most of the nazi soldiers were forced into the army. They didn't have a choice or else their family would've been accused for being anti-nazi and died. This is such an unfair arrest...

Brian Boswell
Brian Boswell

Hopefully they have spent their life in fear of the arrest that finally came to pass. Let them die in prison. Unless we have an empty gas chamber lying around somewhere...

Cindy Furr
Cindy Furr

If someone murdered my child or assisted in anyway! I don't care if their 150 yrs old they need to be accountable!!!

Andreas Dirscherl
Andreas Dirscherl

Being a guard at a concentration camp makes you an accessory to genocide. We do have a statute of limitations actually stricter than the US, but, just as in the US, murder and genocide don't have a statute of limitations. There are 2 things to say, first, to be a guard at a concentration camp you had to be a member of the ss, the membership was voluntary as well as working at a concentration camp. There are no innocent people that worked at a concentration camp. The ss membership was a criminal offense since 1945, many ss members were sentenced to death or life in prison in the Nuremberg trials by the allied forces. Second, in German law there is no excuse for just following orders, if the order is against humanity and conventions the soldier that still follows them commits a crime in German law. None of these now elderly men will go to prison, quite likely they won't even deemed fit for trial. It is a symbolic gesture, justice for the people that had to endure the concentration camp and their families.

Aaron Thiel
Aaron Thiel

My great grandfather died in a concentration camp, he fell out of a guard tower.

Anthony CK
Anthony CK

If I was 94 being arrested for this I don't think I'd care.

Brent Hansen
Brent Hansen

It's stupid to punish these men who were just following orders hypnotized by nazi propaganda, I think we should learn to forgive but never forget

Sebastian Ka
Sebastian Ka

they are not convicted yet. obviously murica does not operate in the same way. oh jk, of course it does.

Sanscelerien Toutgrandeau
Sanscelerien Toutgrandeau

And in the meantime they favor the conditions for the rise of nazi groups all around Europe. Dumb people! As for instance in Greece.

Stacey Galarza Blue
Stacey Galarza Blue

But they are old and probly changed men.... :/ i dont like nazis but common now

Pope Zod
Pope Zod

There was no proof they murdered anyone. Kimberly, your statement should read "Justice should NOT have a time limit" because there is a little something here in the US called statute of limitations so your statement reads wrong. Obviously Germany does not operate in the same way. Big deal they caught men in their 80's and 90's with zero proof they murdered anyone simply because Germany wants to try and keep making an example of people who they have no idea whether they were willing participants or victims themselves. But whatever, they can go ahead and punish..it won't bring anyone back. Germany should just move on and accept that this unfortunate time is deeply seethed forever as part of their history as well as the worlds.

Uzair Makhdoom
Uzair Makhdoom

At that time it was treason to disobey the government and any country soldiers who disobeys the army is trailed for treason even nowadays too

Uzair Makhdoom
Uzair Makhdoom

Winners always write the history .These people did what job they were given by government at that time .this is wrong to arrest these old people

Sebastian Ka
Sebastian Ka

no. this is no excuse. showing "support" and guarding a kz are different things.

Billy Quinn
Billy Quinn

Justice should not have a timeline...the Holocaust was apocalyptic...the greatest crime in humanitys long list of infamys. Its not about the criminals, its also about the victims. Least we forget.

Cinthia Aranovich
Cinthia Aranovich

the big excuse to defend the nazis is that they were following orders.. would you follow those ordens? im sorry but i would

Soo Jung Ryu
Soo Jung Ryu

This would never happen in japan and the war crimes they commited in asia.

Mohamed Azouz
Mohamed Azouz

Liam Waters.. what happened to old Germany? I think I liked that one better :P

Joey Ketchem
Joey Ketchem

Cant run forever, I mean drive very slowly.

Scott Eng
Scott Eng

tie them to a cross and use electrodes on their nipples ! LOL.

Aaron Jay
Aaron Jay

Granted they were working with and for the Nazis but not to defend the Nazi cause but why do we have to prosecute every single person that worked with the Nazis...how do we know that they weren't just following orders....all of is in the military know how strict discipline is when following orders in the military.

Max A. Rodriguez
Max A. Rodriguez

anyone involved in the II World War is accessory to murder...

Pellam
Pellam

Typical dumb Muslim. You told the joke wrong.
 Should be "My great grandfather died in the Holocaust"....