German police nab alleged former Auschwitz guard

Prosecutors say the man worked at the extermination camp during World War Two, from 1941 until its liberation in 1945.

By REUTERS
May 6, 2013 20:14
Train to Auschwitz

Train to Auschwitz 390. (photo credit: REUTERS)

STUTTGART - German police on Monday arrested a 93-year-old alleged former guard at Nazi death camp Auschwitz with the "strong suspicion" he was involved in murder there, prosecutors in the south-western city of Stuttgart said on Monday.

Prosecutors said the man had worked at the extermination camp during World War Two, from 1941 until its liberation in 1945. Authorities had searched his flat and taken him into custody while they prepared charges against him. The prosecutors' office could not be reached for more details.

The Nazis killed some 1.5 million people, most of them Jews, at Auschwitz, located near the Polish village of Oswiecim.

News of the arrest came on the same day the surviving member of a German neo-Nazi cell went on trial for a series of racist murders that have scandalized Germany and exposed the security services' inability or reluctance to recognize far-right crime.


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