Former Nazi Soldier Convicted for Aiding in the Murder of Jews

Nazi Soldier Convicted for Aiding in the Murder of Jews

101-Year Old CONVICTED for Crimes Against Humanity

( – At long last, a German court brought a 101-year-old former Nazi soldier was brought to justice. Identified as Josef S., the man was found complicit in heinous war crimes, including the murder of more than 3,500 people. Germany’s long-standing policy is to hold murderers accountable, regardless of their age.

Josef S worked at Sachsenhausen, a forced labor and death camp near Berlin during WWII. He’s the oldest Nazi ever to stand trial. He claimed to be just a farm laborer at the camp but was found guilty of aiding and abetting the murder of 3,518 people. His victims included Soviet prisoners of war, illegally executed by firearms, and others killed with the Nazi standard Zyklon B gas.

The camp incarcerated roughly 200,000 people during the war, mostly Jews, Roma, Sinti, and other political and religious prisoners. Tens of thousands of people lost their lives to starvation, medical experiments, forced labor, and murder.

Josef S received what may seem like a light sentence of five years in prison, but the likelihood is that he may not serve any time due to his age and the length of the mandatory appeals process. Nevertheless, the Jewish community is thrilled to see yet another Nazi brought to justice, as any form of accountability for one of the world’s darkest periods is still very much welcome.

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