Former German Guard Convicted of 3,518 Counts – At 101 Years Old

Former German Guard Convicted of 3,159 Counts - At 101 Years Old

101-Year Old Man CONVICTED for War Crimes

( – During the 1940s Holocaust, millions of Jewish people met devastating ends at the hands of the Nazis. Over the past several decades, authorities have worked to hold those who participated in the horrific events responsible for their actions. Recently, a 101-year-old former SS guard learned his fate after a lengthy trial.

On Tuesday, June 28, the Neuruppin Regional Court sentenced a man identified only as Josef S. to five years in prison. It found him guilty of more than 3,500 counts of accessory to murder while he worked at the Nazis’ Sachsenhausen concentration camp, despite his claims that he was nowhere near the area at the time and worked instead as a farm laborer.

Judge Udo Lechtermann called the defendant out for his crimes, saying he worked as a guard at the camp for approximately three years, during which time he “willingly supported this mass extermination with [his] activity.”

Due to his advanced age and health issues, Josef’s defense team sought an acquittal, but the court disagreed. The man and his team plan to appeal the decision — which means he might never spend a day in jail because of his advanced age.

The Central Council of Jews president, Josef Schuster, said he’s happy with the decision, even if the defendant doesn’t serve time, because it promotes accountability and shows “if you commit such crimes, even decades later, you [can still] be brought to justice.”

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