Germany: 101-year-old man appeals conviction in Nazi guards case

BERLIN — A 101-year-old man, convicted last week of complicity in murder for serving as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, has appealed, a German court heard on Monday.

The man, who local media identified as Josef S., was found guilty last Tuesday of more than 3,500 counts of aiding and abetting murder and sentenced to five years in prison.

He had denied having worked as an SS guard at the Sachsenhausen camp and having aided and abetted the murder of thousands of prisoners. But Neuruppin State Court found he had indeed worked at the camp on the outskirts of Berlin between 1942 and 1945 as an enlisted member of the Nazi Party’s paramilitary wing.

Prosecutors had based their case on documents relating to an SS guard with the man’s name, date and place of birth, as well as other documents.

The five-year prison sentence was in line with the prosecutor’s request. The defendant’s lawyer had asked for an acquittal.

Neuruppin Court said on Monday that the defendant has now appealed. It was not immediately clear when this might be considered.

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