Skip to comments.Germany arrests 93-yo former Nazi medic over WWII Auschwitz massacres
Posted on 03/23/2014 4:25:51 PM PDT by cornelis
German police have arrested a former Nazi medic on suspicion of "multiple counts" of aiding and abetting murder when he was serving as a medic in the Auschwitz death camp, according to the local prosecutors office.
A 93-year-old suspect was arrested on Monday at his home near the town of Neubrandenburg, in the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in northern Germany.
A doctor examined the man after his arrest and determined that the suspect was in good enough health to be held in custody while authorities investigate further, according to Stefan Urbanek, spokesman from the prosecutors' office in Schwerin, the state capital.
The prosecutor refused to reveal the pensioners identity due to German privacy rules. The man is now being held in pre-trial detention.
A former member of the SS (Schutzstaffel), a major paramilitary organization under the Nazis from 1925 to 1945, the accused allegedly assisted in massacres of prisoners transported from Germany, Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Slovenia to the Auschwitz -Birkenau camp in September 1944.
Nearly 1,721 of those who arrived that year in the camp were killed in gas chambers, after they were considered unfit for forced labor, said the prosecution office.
According to Schwerin authorities, the arrest of the Nazi medic came after a tip-off from the German office investigating Nazi war crimes. However, the prosecutors did not specify when exactly the call took place.
The World Jewish Congress immediately praised Germany for "not relenting in the pursuit of those who murdered, or aided in murdering, thousands of people during World War II."
"The prosecution of those who participated in terrible crimes sends a clear message that justice must be done, no matter how late the hour," said Ronald Lauder, World Jewish Congress president, adding that mass murderers must continue to live in fear of the long arm of the law.
The Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, built and operated by the Third Reich in occupied Poland, was the largest Nazi concentration camp during WWII. It was established as the place of "final solution in the policy of annihilating the Jewish people in Europe.
About 1.3 million people of various nationalities were killed in the camp, around 90 percent were Jewish, according to data given by the Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau. Those not killed in the gas chambers died of starvation, forced labor, infectious diseases, individual executions, and medical experiments.
In 1958 German authorities founded the center for solving crimes of National Socialism in Ludwigsburg. Since then it has tracked down a total of 7,485 Nazi criminals.
German authorities only prosecuted Nazi war criminals if evidence proved their personal commitment in war crimes. However, the situation changed in 2011 after a Munich court sentenced SS voluntary assistant, Ivan Demjanjuk, to five years in prison when he was found guilty of complicity in some 30,000 Jewish deaths in German-occupied Poland during World War II. He is being cited as an example by the center as a reason for people not to rest on their laurels when it comes to catching remaining war criminals.
After the arrest of Demjanjuk, Germany launched a renewed Nazi-hunting campaign in the summer of 2013, with the aim of bringing to justice surviving suspects involved in World War II hate crimes. Two thousand placards with a tagline that reads Late, but not too late have been plastered across German cities, including Berlin, with the intention of trapping the dregs of Germanys Nazi war criminals.
One of the latest cases was in January 2014, when the country charged an 88-year-old man with involvement in one of the Nazis worst massacres in a village in central France in June of 1944, when 642 people were murdered.
Did they wait until the guy was 93 years old before arresting him?
I wonder if he met Obama’s uncle that liberated Auschwitz.
Because it took photo recognition software to pierce his new identity.
There have been a string of articles about this case.
Like most cowards, Nazis tend to hide from their atrocities. It takes time to catch them and verify their identity.string his old ass up.
Good. Who’s gonna try him, judges from former East Germany?
We have to wait for Holder to leave.
It won’t be Jackson.
This may very well be the last trial of a Nazi war criminal. I can’t imagine that there will be many more after this.
Maybe Soros . . . if the world ever regains its sanity.
“This may very well be the last trial of a Nazi war criminal. I cant imagine that there will be many more after this.”
Good point. I wonder if they can get him to talk.
Agreed. Too bad East Germany and the other Warsaw Pact countries didn’t prosecute their monsters.
There’s never been a Communist Nuremberg, and it’s more needed than ever.
In a couple of more years and they’ll have to dig them up to arrest them.
It would be interesting to know if the current case involves an ethnic German--they seem to be much more zealous in going after alleged collaborators who are non-Germans.
Someone who was 18 when the war ended would be 87 now.
And of course the KGB would never forge anything would they?
Funny how the Germans were all gung ho for prosecuting a Ukrainian, even after the Israelis found him not guilty.
Gee, ya think Putin will arrest any of Stalin’s murderers?
John Demjanuk (2011)
Samuel Kunz (2010) ethnic German, died before trial
Josef Scheungraber (2009) German, convicted, life sentence
Josias Kumpf (2009) ethnic German, deported from US, died
Ladislav Niznansky (2005) Slovak, acquitted
Julies Viel (2001)German officer, convicted, 12 years
Klaus Barbie (1987) German, life imprisonment
Adolf Eichmann (1961)
Its best to arrest the senile.
They make good victims at the witch burning.
How the heck can someone get a fair trial 70 years after the accused supposedly committed the atrocities?
I thought I read somewhere that in the 1960s the Germans had essentially agreed that no more Germans would be punished for their war crimes, but I see there have been a few exceptions.
The numbers don’t do justice. There were about 8,000 SS personnel at Auschwitz alone.
Over the last years the Wiesenthal Center put up posters with rewards for tips in major German cities. All they have been able to do is forward the most promising ones and hope that German prosecutors take action. As a result there are some four or so trials in process now.