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101-Year-Old Ex Nazi Guard Convicted of Aiding in 3,500 Murders

A 101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard was convicted in Germany Tuesday of more than 3,500 counts of accessory to murder — becoming the oldest person to date to be held accountable for crimes related to the Holocaust.

The Neuruppin Regional Court sentenced Josef Schütz to five years in prison, although he is unlikely to serve any time behind bars because of his poor health, advanced age and a lengthy appeals process.

Schütz had denied working as a Schutzstaffel guard at the Sachsenhausen camp and aiding and abetting the murder of 3,518 prisoners.

In the trial, which opened in October, the centenarian said that he had worked as a farm laborer near Pasewalk in northeastern Germany during the period in question and never wore a German uniform.

However, the court considered it proven that starting at age 21, he worked at the camp on the outskirts of Berlin between 1942 and 1945 as an enlisted member of the Nazi Party’s paramilitary wing, the German news agency dpa reported.

“The court has come to the conclusion that, contrary to what you claim, you worked in the concentration camp as a guard for about three years,” presiding Judge Udo Lechtermann said, according to dpa. He added that, in doing so, the defendant had assisted in the Nazis’ terror and murder mechanism.

“You willingly supported this mass extermination with your activity,” Lechtermann said. “You watched deported people being cruelly tortured and murdered there every day for three years.”

Prosecutors had based their case on documents relating to an SS guard with Schütz’s  name, date and place of birth, as well as other documents.

The five-year prison sentence was in line with the prosecution’s demand.

The defendant’s lawyer had sought an acquittal. Defense attorney Stefan Waterkamp said after the pronouncement of the sentence that he would appeal the verdict, dpa reported.

“There has been a huge memory work, huge work on what happened in this camp that was almost forgotten,” said Lili Grumbach, a granddaughter of one of the Sachsenhausen’s prisoners. “The important thing here today was that he was proven guilty.”

Germany’s leading Jewish group also welcomed the verdict.

“Even if the defendant will probably not serve the full prison sentence due to his advanced age, the verdict is to be welcomed,” said Josef Schuster, the head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

“The thousands of people who worked in the concentration camps kept the murder machinery running. They were part of the system, so they should take responsibility for it,” Schuster added. “It is bitter that the defendant has denied his activities at that time until the end and has shown no remorse.”

Schütz was determined to be fit to stand trial to a limited extent, participating in the nine-month trial for only about two and a half hours each day. The process was interrupted several times for health reasons and hospital stays.

Efraim Zuroff, the head Nazi hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s office in Jerusalem, said that the sentence “sends a message that if you commit such crimes, even decades later, you might be brought to justice.”

“And it’s a very important thing because it gives closure to the relatives of the victims,” Zuroff added. “The fact that these people all of a sudden feel that their loss is being addressed and the suffering of their family who they lost in the camps is being addressed … is a very important thing.”

Sachsenhausen was established in 1936 just north of Berlin as the first new site after Adolf Hitler gave the SS full control of the Nazi concentration camp system.

More than 200,000 people were held there between 1936 and 1945. Tens of thousands of inmates died of starvation, disease, forced labor and other causes, as well as through medical experiments and systematic SS extermination operations including shootings, hangings and gassing with Zyklon-B.

Exact numbers on those killed vary, with upper estimates of some 100,000, though scholars suggest figures of 40,000 to 50,000 are likely more accurate.

In its early years, most inmates were either political prisoners or criminal convicts, but they also included some Jehovah’s Witnesses and homosexuals. The first large group of Jewish prisoners was brought there in 1938 after the so-called Night of Broken Glass, or Kristallnacht, an anti-Semitic pogrom.

During the war, Sachsenhausen was expanded to include Soviet prisoners of war — who were shot by the thousands — as well as others.

As in other camps, Jewish prisoners were singled out at Sachsenhausen for particularly harsh treatment, and most who remained alive by 1942 were sent to the Auschwitz death camp.

Original Article: Former Nazi guard Josef Schütz, 101, sentenced to prison (nypost.com)

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      • That one includes Joe Biden and the whole Administration and all these woke motherfuckers they’re all Nazis if you don’t agree with them then they think you don’t deserve to live and they want to cancel you that’s a Nazi type of shit

  1. ….this is who they are going after? ….virtually our entire medical establishment, big pharma, governments and mainstream media are culpable for millions of deaths (so far) from the death jab.

    • I understand the ramifications of his actions, almost 80 years ago.

      You are correct, let’s take care of what is happening in the present. Our freedoms are being usurped and we are lied to and cajoled by the GOVERNMENT! That is the Crime against humanity that is taking place today.

  2. WTF? The man’s 101 years old. He either followed orders, or faced a firing squad. At that time in history, with that economy, I’m sure it was either serve or starve

    • Which is pretty much in accord with Fuhrer Biden’s approach to Economics and Parasitic programs like Social Security…He should be on trial now as nobody is holding a gun to his head – rather he is holding the gun to all our heads. Criminally using his position to inflict as much damage to the economy, crippling our supply chains, trampling individual rights all in the name of “battling” a disease is no excuse for such incohesive meddling and blatant actions to destroy this once great country. He deserves no trial but is guaranteed him by the Constitution he despises. Thanks to his inaction on their behalf, incarceration while waiting for trial is now an acceptable practice for the Jan 6th “attackers, so it seems to be legal now – so Joe you’ll have plenty of nap time!
      GOD BLESS AND SAVE AMERICA!!!

  3. Good grief! It’s a bit late now, even if he was guilty of anything. Like others have commented, you didn’t have a lot of choices as a German or a Jew. What could he have done to change anything? And even if he could have, what’s the point of “punishing” him now at his age?

  4. Trust me, The Wokies and clot shot mob, if not put in check. would have had “We the People” in camps right here just like they did in Australia. Then it’s only a hop skip and jump from that to forced labor to build wind farms and extermination of those that refused the shot. (Or are not useful fools for the NWO Marxist elites that now have control of the government)

    Once started it’s easy as all hell for it to get out of hand. Just look at the commie congressman that said it’s OK to give up part of the second amendment to have safer schools.,,,, Then Shopping centers,,,,then streets,,,,then everywhere. Maybe he never heard that those that give up liberty for security deserve (and will have) neither.

    It is easy to get it going. Just ask and bommer age German if you don’t believe me. They saw it happen and can tell you how easy and quick it was for the Nazi’s to pull it off. – I think it kind of started with Heir Goebbels MINISTRY OF TRUTH (LIke Kamshaft is running now) and ended with 50,000,000 dead before they were put down. Can’t happen here? – Don’t bet on it Bunky.

  5. I think it doesn’t matter how old or ill he is he should pay for his horrific crimes. I think of his victims and all of the Holocaust
    people murdered, old people gassed as soon as the train arrived at the camp, babies
    Killed by having their heads smashed against the wall. I feel sick, he should go to jail for the rest of his life.

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