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    101-year-old is oldest person to be sentenced to prison for Nazi crimes

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    Josef Schütz was accused of being an accessory to the murder of 3,518 prisoners while he was a guard at a concentration camp during the Holocaust.

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    Josef Schütz worked as a guard at the concentration camp during the Holocaust

    Former guard Josef Schütz, 101, was convicted this Tuesday, 28, and sentenced to five years in prison for complicity in the murder of thousands of people when he was a guard at a concentration camp during the Holocaust. With the decision, he becomes the oldest person to be indicted for Nazi crimes. “Mr Schütz, you played an active role for three years in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, where you were an accomplice to mass murders,” said court president Udo Lechtermann. “All the people who wanted to flee the camp were shot. Therefore, any camp guard took an active part in the killings,” the judge said.

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    The former noncommissioned officer of the Waffen SS, a Nazi combat unit at the time of the events for which he was tried, was convicted of “complicity” in the murder of 3,518 prisoners between 1942 and 1945 at Sachsenhausen camp, north of Berlin. For the magistrate, by being present at the scene, the ex-guard supported the actions carried out in the concentration camp. Schütz remained impassive as the sentence read and at no point in the nearly 30 hearings in the case did he express the slightest sign of regret. Even with the sentence, he denies any responsibility. “I don’t know why I’m here. I tell the truth. I have nothing to do with the police and the army, everything that has been said is false,” he said in a shaky voice. Given the advanced age and frail health of the accused, who was free to appear in the process, it is unlikely that he will be arrested.

    Source: Jovempan

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