Latest Charged as a Nazi: 91-Year-Old Woman

She's charged with accessory to murder
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 21, 2015 1:44 PM CDT
Latest Charged as a Nazi: 91-Year-Old Woman
Auschwitz survivor Leon Schwarzbaum shows his tattooed number as he waits to enter the courtroom for the judgment at the trail against former SS guard Oskar Groening in Lueneburg, Germany, July 15, 2015.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

German prosecutors say they've charged a 91-year-old woman with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations she was a member of the Nazi SS who served in the Auschwitz death camp complex. Schleswig-Holstein prosecutors' spokesman Heinz Doellel said today the woman, whose name wasn't disclosed due to German privacy laws, is alleged to have served as a radio operator for the camp commandant from April to July 1944. Prosecutors argue that she can be charged as an accessory because she helped the death camp function. A 94-year-old former SS sergeant at Auschwitz was convicted on the same reasoning earlier this year. Doellel says there are no indications the woman is unfit for trial, though a court likely won't decide on whether to proceed with the case until next year. (More Nazi stories.)

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