web analytics
November 24, 2014 / 2 Kislev, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
IDC Herzliya Campus A Day on Campus

To mark IDC Herzliya’s 20th anniversary, we spent a day following Prof. Uriel Reichman, IDC’s founder and president, and Jonathan Davis, VP for External Relations, around its delightful campus.



German Office to Investigate 50 Suspected Auschwitz Guards

By: JTA

A Nazi-crimes agency in Germany will launch an investigation of 50 alleged former Auschwitz guards living in the country.

Following a precedent set by the successful case in 2011 against John Demjanjuk, the Central Office for Clarification of Nazi Crimes will begin reviewing cases in the coming weeks, according to reports from the German WAZ media group. The aim is to prosecute the individuals on charges of accessory to murder.

The alleged guards, all about 90 years old, live throughout the country, the reports said.

“The renewed effort to bring camp guards to trial is a very positive step, which hopefully will yield positive practical results,” Efraim Zuroff, chief Nazi hunter for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told JTA in an email. But given the age of the suspects, he added, “the legal process will have to be expedited to the extent that that can be done.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Operation Last Chance, which has been stepped up again in Germany as a result of the Demjanjuk verdict, offers rewards for information leading to the conviction of Nazi war criminals.

Kurt Schrimm, who heads the Ludwigsburg investigative agency, recently told Oberfalz.net that the Demjanjuk case boosted efforts to find former camp guards. Demjanjuk, who was convicted in 2011 as an accessory to the murder of nearly 29,000 Jews at the Sobibor death camp in Poland, was sentenced to five years in prison. The case was on appeal when he died in March 2012.

The Demjanjuk case allowed courts to go after war criminals who enabled others to commit murder. There were no direct witnesses to Demjanjuk having physically committed murder himself.

Schrimm told reporters Sunday that now “any job in a concentration camp is sufficient evidence towards a conviction as accessory to murder.”

Zuroff told JTA he had met with representatives of the Central Office for Clarification of Nazi Crimes in Ludwigsburg and they agreed that the Demjanjuk case “should be the basis to bring death camp guards and members of the Einsatzgruppen [mobile killing squads] to trial.”

The Ludwigsburg office conducts investigations and presents evidence to the court but does not file charges.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “German Office to Investigate 50 Suspected Auschwitz Guards”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Banner at Tehran military parade, Sept. 23, 2013. Although the English statement is relatively mild, in Persian and Arabic it says “Death to America.”
Iran Says Nuclear Deal ‘Impossible’ by Nov. 24 Deadline
Latest News Stories
Banner at Tehran military parade, Sept. 23, 2013. Although the English statement is relatively mild, in Persian and Arabic it says “Death to America.”

Iran says it won’t make a deal with world powers over its nuclear development program by the Nov. 24 deadline.

Israeli police shoot tear gas to disperse Arab rioters throwing rocks in Isawiya, October 2014. (archive)

Security leaders re-activate a special unit in Israel as Arab rioters injure four police officers in Jerusalem.

Rabbi David Lau visits Temple Mount activist and assassination target Rabbi Yehuda Glick at Shaarei Tzedek Hospital.

The doctors completed their surgery and accomplished what they set out to repair.

France Jew in a French synagogue talks about rising anti-Semitism.

Israel’s cabinet decides to clear obstacles for employment of immigrating professionals.

Sheikh Samir Aasi says “I Was Attacked Because Of What I Stand For. These Extremists Don’t Want Relations Between Religions”

Former Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry died early Sunday at age 78.

A Tennessee watchdog group says textbooks in the state’s schools are teaching children to hate Israel and Jews.

In New Zealand a Jewish toddler wearing a yarmulka is attacked; the adults consider teaching their young to hide their identity.

If there were such a thing as “diplomatic police,” Abbas would have been arrested long ago for crossing red lines.

Both the town and the tower were destroyed in a violent fashion. A layer of ash shows they were burnt.

Son of Isaac Bashevis Singer, Israeli author Israel Zalman, dead at 85.

They were harmless men simply looking for “song birds.” Uh-huh.

US law states anyone who “Incited terrorist activity with intent to cause serious bodily harm or death” should be barred from entry.

The police knew the PA Arabs were sleeping in the cemetery, they just couldn’t figure out where…

The US is so used to believing lies that it can hardly distinguish them from the truth.

More Articles from JTA
Paul Goldenberg

The task force will aim at keeping Americans from joining ISIS and other radical Muslim murder gangs.

Charley Levine, a top public relations professional in Israel and well known in Ango-Israeli circles, has died.

New York police have arrested a 23-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested for assaulting an Orthodox Jewish couple in Manhattan this summer. A police department spokesman confirmed to JTA that Mustafa Mashni was charged with assault, as first reported on the Jpupdates website. The victims, in their 20s, were walking on the Upper East Side at […]

A Canadian university professor was charged in Paris on Saturday in the deadly 1980 synagogue bombing in Paris that killed four and injured more than 40. The arraignment of Hassan Diab came hours after he arrived in Paris after being extradited from Canada following a six-year fight to prevent it. Canada’s Supreme Court last week […]

The summer war between Israel and Hamas released an explosion of online anti-Semitic hate speech in several European countries, an international watchdog reported.

“Operation ‘Hospitals of Hope’ is an integral part of the vision of MASHAV and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel of helping nations in need, including nations without diplomatic relations with Israel.

The lab will operate in both Israel and New York, and will allow researchers to explore technologies in areas including communication and coordination, food and wellness, education and safety, and information and entertainment.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/german-office-to-investigate-50-suspected-auschwitz-guards/2013/04/08/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: