Former concentration camp guard Sachsenhausen rejects allegations of extermination

A former guard of the Nazi concentration camp Sachsenhausen rejected the extermination allegations against him in the second session of the trial west of Berlin on Friday.

The 100-year-old accused, whose name was not published under German law, is accused of maliciously facilitating the “mass murder” of 3,518 people between 1942 and 1945.

Former concentration camp guard Sachsenhausen rejects allegations of extermination
Former concentration camp guard Sachsenhausen rejects allegations of extermination

“I didn’t do anything in Sachsenhausen. I’m not guilty because I don’t know anything about it,” said the defendant in court.

Before declaring his innocence, the man described his childhood in Lithuania, his captivity among Soviet troops and his later life in Germany to the court president Udo Lechtermann.

The defendant’s lawyer did not allow his client to ask questions about his post-war life after assuming he would not respond to the allegations made against him.

Last Thursday, public prosecutor Cyrill Klement described the atrocities committed against the population of Sachsenhausen, whose prisoners were shot, suffocated in gas chambers, asphyxiated in medical experiments, subjected to either starvation, illness or the consequences of forced labor.

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