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German prosecutors indict former Auschwitz guard, 94

Barracks at the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland is seen in July 2016 after a recent restoration. It will open to study groups in August.

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU STATE MUSEUM VIA AP

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: April 16, 2018

BERLIN — German prosecutors say they've charged a 94-year-old former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp as an accessory to murder.

Prosecutors in Stuttgart said Monday the suspect, a German national born in Serbia whom they didn't identify by name, was charged as a juvenile because he was 19 at the time of the alleged offenses.

They say he served as a guard at Auschwitz in late 1942 and early 1943 and estimate that 13,335 people were sent to the gas chambers during that time. According to prosecutors, the suspect has said via his lawyer that he wasn't aware of the background and aims of what was happening, or of details of the killings.

The suspect has been charged on the premise that, as a guard, he helped the camp function.

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