Ex-camp guard, top accused of Nazi crimes, sentenced to 5 years in prison

Ex-camp guard, top accused of Nazi crimes, sentenced to 5 years in prison

Josef Schutz, 101, has been on trial since October for abuse when he was a guard at a German camp, and was sentenced on Tuesday.

This is a judgment for history: Joseph Schutz, 101, He is the oldest person accused of Nazi crimes ever tried. The court just sentenced him to five years in prison, the maximum sentence required.

His trial had been held since October, due to the abuses he was accused of committing while he was a guard in a German camp. The former Waffen SS Petty Officer was on trial for “complicityIn the killing of 3,518 prisoners when he worked between 1942 and 1945 in the Sachsenhausen camp, then north of Berlin.

During the thirty or so sessions at the court at Brandenburg-sur-la-Havele (east), which had been postponed several times due to his fragile health, he never expressed the slightest regret. On the contrary, he denied again on Monday any involvement, asking, “Why was thereand asserted thateverything is wrong” about her. “I don’t know why I’m here. I am telling the truth. I have nothing to do with the police or the army, everything that was said is falsesaid the accused, the tremor in his voice. Wearing a gray shirt and pajama pants, he entered the courtroom in Brandenburg-sur-la-Havel, 70 kilometers west of Berlin, in a wheelchair. Previously, he had listened without responding to the pleading of his lawyer who asked for his acquittal without surprise.

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He is the oldest accused in German history at 101 years old, so I demand his acquittalMr. Stephen Waterkamp said. “We don’t have a picture of him in an SS uniform.“But we only have”cluesFrom his possible activity in Sachsenhausen, he claimed. “Since 1973, investigators have had the items in it, but they have not prosecuted him. Back then, witnesses could be heard, now they are all dead or no longer able to speak“, he added. “The danger of this court is to try to make up for the mistakes of the previous generation of judgesStefan Waterkamp fired.

see also – A former Nazi camp guard who was deported from the United States to Germany (August 22, 2018).

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