Nazi Death Camps: 91-Year-Old Woman Charged With 260,000 Counts Of Accessory To Murder
German prosecutors said a 91-year-old woman, who had allegedly worked at a death camp in Auschwitz, was charged with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder. The woman – who joined Adolf Hitler’s ruling party, the NSDAP, in 1941 – had allegedly worked as a radio operator from April to July 1944, as reported by ABC7Chicago. The woman’s name hasn’t been disclosed under German privacy laws.
The woman can be charged with accessory to murder as she assisted in the functioning of the death camp, prosecutors said. There are two possible sentences for the woman – either a maximum of 10 years of imprisonment under juvenile jurisdiction or an adult penalty on conviction of at least three years. In 2011, until when accessory to murder charges were rare, Ukrainian born John Demjanjuk was sentenced to five years in jail. He eventually died in a Bavarian nursing home in 2012.
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According to Deutsche Welle, a former SS bookkeeper at Auschwitz, Oskar Groening, was sentenced to four years in jail by a regional court in Lüneburg in northern Germany following his admission of providing assistance on the end rail as Nazis transported Jews from Hungary to the death camps in Auschwitz. He was charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. According to the judgement, “All the defendant’s activity in Auschwitz was characterised by the fact that it supported multiple murders, without providing support to specific individual acts.” As reported by BBC, Groening revealed in a documentary that he was present on the ramp when people were being selected for the gas chambers. Groening’s defense team has been given a month to appeal to the court’s judgement.
Between 1940 and 1945, 1.1 million people were killed at Auschwitz. A large number of these people were Jews.