German prosecutors are going to prosecute a century-old man because he may have been a guard at the Nazi concentration camp in Sachsenhausen. The man is charged with 3,518 murder cases. The man is said to have worked in the camp from 1942 to 1945, where around 100,000 people died.
The suspect allegedly knowingly contributed to the murder of prisoners in the concentration camp.
Since 2011, prosecutors no longer have to search for almost unobtainable evidence of acts committed by a suspect during World War II.
If it can be proven that a person was already employed in a camp where, for example, systematic mass killings took place, that could be sufficient reason for a conviction.
At least 200,000 prisoners were held at Sachsenhausen
Sachsenhausen was built by prisoners in 1936. At first there were political prisoners, but also Jews, Roma, homosexuals and the mentally disabled.
There are no reliable figures on the number of people imprisoned in the camp during the first years. Between 1939 and 1945, Sachsenhausen housed around 200,000 prisoners.