(GERMANY) Court Report: A former guard from the Sachsenhausen concentration camp is charged with complicity to murder in more than 3,500 instances which he denies #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.08: In concrete terms, the man is accused of aiding and abetting in the shooting and killing of Soviet prisoners of war, as well as the murder of inmates using poison gas. Prosecutors explain that prisoners were also driven to their deaths through “the enforcement and maintenance of inhuman conditions.”

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Josef S, who was 21 when he first became a guard at Sachsenhausen in 1942, appears in court

#AceDailyNews says according to a (German Translation) DW reports that 100-year-old Nazi concentration camp guard goes on trial: In just a couple of years’ time, there may be no one left to go on trial for their role in the Nazi killing machine: Either those suspected of involvement in the heinous crimes will no longer be alive or they will be unfit to face trial: However, prosecutors in Germany are currently probing possible charges against 17 people for their alleged roles in Nazi crimes. Not a single one is under the age of 95. And, this week, a regional court in the northern German town of Neuruppin is the backdrop for the beginning of the trial against a 100-year-old former concentration camp guard.

Prisoners stand in lines outdoors in the concentration camp at Sachsenhausen, Germany, December 19, 1938

Prosecutors accuse the man of “knowing and willful” complicity in the murder of 3,518 inmates at the Sachsenhausen camp near Berlinbetween 1942 and 1945.

sign reading 'Work makes free' at the entrance to the Sachsenhausen camp

A sign with the cynical message ‘Work makes free’ also stood at the entrance to the Sachsenhausen camp

Crucial information from Moscow archives

The Sachsenhausen camp was located in a district of the small town of Oranienburg that lies just a short distance north of Berlin. It had a special significance during the Nazi period because, since its completion in 1936, it served as a model for other concentration camps. It also became a training camp for the Schutzstaffel (SS), a notorious paramilitary unit.

In all, more than 200,000 people were interned there. Tens of thousands were shot, gassed, or perished during horrific pseudo-scientific experiments, or quite simply as a result of the appalling conditions that prevailed in the camp. As late as the end of April 1945, when Red Army forces had already gathered just outside Oranienburg, the SS forced more than 30,000 prisoners to join so-called death marches that left thousands more dead.

Senior public prosecutor Thomas Will told DW why the trial against the former guard is only now finally taking place: “The defendant was not known to us before we undertook research at the Russian State Military Archive in Moscow. And he turned up among the so-called ‘Beuteakten’ — files that were looted by the Red Army during World War II. First, we determined his place of residence. And then, in March 2019, after preliminary inquiries concerning his personal details and the length of time that he served at the Sachsenhausen camp, we handed the matter over to the public prosecutors.”

Thomas Will is the head of the Central Office for the Investigation of National Socialist Crimes that is based in the southwestern city of Ludwigsburg. Since the agency was set up in 1958, it has been collecting information that can be used by public prosecutors to open initial proceedings against men and women suspected of Nazi-related crimes.

  • The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, in central Berlin (picture-alliance/Schoening)Jewish memorials in BerlinThe Holocaust MemorialA huge field of stelae in the center of the German capital was designed by New York architect Peter Eisenmann. The almost 3,000 stone blocks commemorate the six million Jewish people from all over Europe who were murdered by the National Socialists.

No statute of limitations

Should men and women who are a hundred years old face trial for crimes committed eight decades ago — especially if they were only a tiny cog in the massive Nazi killing machine? Thomas Will has no doubt and his answer is yes: “When they met in Stuttgart in June 2015, the justice ministers representing Germany’s 16 federal states agreed that the Central Office should continue to operate in its present form as long as work remains to be done.”

As long as, that is, investigations to identify possible perpetrators remain open, he added.

“Furthermore, with the mass crimes committed by the Nazis in mind, a statute of limitations on murder was abolished. The question of whether these crimes should still be prosecuted today had been made redundant with the lifting of the statute of limitations on murder. The aim of criminal proceedings is always to establish individual guilt,” said Will. 

Until around a decade ago, proof of direct personal involvement in killings was necessary for the investigation to begin. And former concentration camp guards did appear in the Nazi trials of the 1960s and 1970s. However, only as witnesses. That changed fundamentally in 2011 with the ruling against former concentration camp guard John Demjanjuk. Since then, says Thomas Will, “having generally served at a camp where it is clear and apparent that systematic killing took place does in itself amount to punishable complicity, providing sufficient relevant evidence is presented at the trial.

On this basis, no documentation is required to verify specific times and numbers of victims to concretely prove individual complicit.”

Convicted Nazi criminal John Demjanjuk dead at 91 # 17.03.2012 # Journal # englisch # nicht im Mediacenter

Watershed: Demjanjuk ruling

In 2011, Demjanjuk was pronounced guilty by a court in Munich of being an accessory to the murder of over 28,000 people. The 91-year-old was sentenced to five years in prison. The ruling specifically referred to the fact that, by serving at the camp, Demjanjuk had also become part of the Nazi killing machine. In the meantime, several other men have been found guilty of taking part “knowingly and willfully” in the systematic murder of prisoners or causing their deaths by allowing them to starve to death. 

Most recently, in July 2020, a district court in Hamburg was set to open a 93-year-old former guard at the Stutthof death camp east of the city of Gdańsk for complicity in murder on 5,232 counts. He was handed a suspended sentence of two years.

Whether any of the few remaining cases will actually go to court depends mainly on whether or not the elderly defendants are fit to stand trial. A medical assessment suggests that the man whose trial begins on Thursday can take part in the hearings for up to two or two-and-a-half hours each day.

The trial is set to last 22 days as a whole. A special relaxation room has been set aside for the defendant.

This article has been translated from German.

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HOUSTON: #Police say they will hold another news briefing on this morning’s shooting at 4:30 p.m. CT. Reports that Nazi paraphernalia was found as #police investigate sources tell KPRC and KTRK – @AceNewsServices

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Reports that Nazi paraphernalia was found as #police investigate the suspected Houston #shooting gunman, sources tell KPRC and KTRK.

Reports differ on where materials were located and we’re waiting for more confirmation on these details.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ SENATORS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO STOP NAZI’S GETTING US SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 23 – Two Democratic senators announced Thursday they will introduce legislation that would stop suspected Nazi war criminals from collecting U.S. Social Security benefits.

The bill by Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania will be offered in mid-November, when Congress returns to session after the midterm elections.

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CROATIA: ‘ NAZI WAR CRIMINALS AND SS GUARDS COLLECTED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN US SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENTS ‘

#AceWorldNews – CROATIA (Osijek) – October 20 – Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream. Until asked to leave voluntarily thus keeping his benefits.

Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream. Until asked to leave voluntarily thus keeping his benefits. 

One such person was a former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.

His plastics company in the Rust Belt town of Akron, Ohio, thrived.

By the late 1980’s, he had acquired the trappings of success: a Cadillac DeVille and a Lincoln Town Car, a lake front home, investments in oil and real estate. 

The payments, underwritten by American taxpayers, flowed through a legal loophole that gave the U.S. Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the U.S.

If they agreed to go, or simply fled before deportation, they could keep their Social Security, according to interviews and internal U.S. government records. 

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‘ NAZI INSPIRED BEAUTY PAGEANT DUBBED ‘ MISS HITLER 2014 ‘ ON RUSSIAN SOCIAL MEDIA SITE ‘

#AceNewsServices – October 19 – Nazi Inspired Beauty Pageant being dubbed “Miss Hitler 2014” is calling for attractive women to participate in the contest held on the Russian equivalent to Facebook.

' Miss Hitler 2014 on VKontakte '

‘ Miss Hitler 2014 on VKontakte ‘

Participants are requested to submit Nazi-themed “selfies” to the competition organized by a neo-Nazi group on VKontakte –  Russia’s largest social networking service – along with a caption describing why they “love and revere the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler,” the UK-basedDaily Mail reported.

At least 14 females from Russian and Eastern Europe have entered the contest that celebrates the glorification of Nazi Germany and the fascist totalitarian government ruled by Adolf Hitler that was responsible for the Holocaust and the genocide of nearly six million Jews.

The winner of the contest is determined by the highest number of “likes” from members of a page on VKontakte that claims more than 7,000 Hitler-revering followers.

Jewelry adorned with Nazi symbolism is offered as the prize for the contest, officially-titled “Miss Ostland 2014,” named in reference to the Nazi-occupied portion of north-eastern Europe where more than a million Jews were killed.

The Internet media site Vocative republished a selfie allegedly submitted by Belorussian contestant Katya Shkredova donning a Nazi hat, and citing her “adoration” of Hitler because he was willing to “experiment on people.”

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PUTIN: ‘ Regrettably, the Vaccine Against the Nazi Virus Developed at the Nuremberg Trials is Losing its Efficiency in Some European State ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – October 14. /TASS/. Russia President Vladimir Putin is worried over growing neo-Nazi tendencies in the Baltic states and in Ukraine.

“Regrettably, the vaccine against the Nazi virus developed at the Nuremberg trials is losing its efficiency in some European state,” Putin said in an interview with Serbia’s daily newspaper Politika on Tuesday.

“A vivid example of this is open manifestations of neo-Nazism, which have become routine in Latvia and other Baltic countries.” RIA Novosti. 

“In this sense, the situation in Ukraine causes special worries.

The February anti-constitutional coupe in that country was driven by nationalists and other radical groups,” he said.

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‘ Elderly Nazi War Crimes Suspect will Remain Jailed in Philadelphia as Part of a German Criminal Case ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Philadelphia) – July 09 – An elderly Nazi war crimes suspect will remain jailed in Philadelphia as part of a German criminal case after a U.S. judge denied him bail this week.

Defence lawyers argued that 89-year-old Johann “Hans” Breyer is in frail health and deteriorating in prison. He has heart disease and dementia, and he had a stroke in recent years.

“Due to Mr. Breyer’s age and condition, he is incapable of fleeing or endangering others, as he himself needs daily assistance,” lawyer Dennis Boyle said in a bail petition filed after his arrest last month.

German authorities hope to try Breyer on accessory-to-murder charges for his guard service at the Auschwitz death camp in 1944. Breyer told The Associated Press in 2012 that he was forced to work there as an SS guard but never took part in the mass killing of Jews and others.

He was charged last month with 158 counts of accessory to murder — one for each trainload of victims brought to Auschwitz during his time there.

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‘ Israel and Germany Agree Joint Research in Museums to Determine Original Ownership of Jewish Owned and looted Art by the Nazi’s ‘

#AceWorldNewsIsrael and Germany have agreed to conduct joint research in museums in both countries aimed at determining the original ownership of Jewish-owned art looted by the Nazis, AFP reported.

​(Paintings by Chagall, Rodin, Matisse and others were among 1,400 artworks found at Cornelius Gurlitt‘s Munich home.Photo by AFP)

​Under an agreement signed Sunday by Israeli culture ministry director general Orly Froman and German Culture Minister Monika Gruetters, art experts from the two countries will undergo training and coordinate the formation of joint data bases.

“The cooperation between German and Israeli institutions on provenance research of Nazi-confiscated art and Judaica is a great vote of confidence,” Gruetters said in a statement.


​Israeli Culture Minister Limor Livnat said the agreement could lead to restitution of art stolen by Nazis to the Jewish heirs, a statement from her ministry read.

Livnat noted the ongoing cooperation between Israel and Germany on Nazi-era art provenance, including the presence of two Israeli curators in a German committee dealing with the collection found in the Munich flat of Cornelius Gurlitt.

Gurlitt, who died last month at 81, was the son of a Nazi-era art dealer who hoarded hundreds of paintings valued at hundreds of millions of dollars.

Prior to his death he had struck a deal with German authorities to help track down the rightful owners of the 1,280 artworks, including Jews whose property was stolen or extorted under the Third Reich.

Art experts from the two countries will undergo training and coordinate the formation of joint data bases.

#ANS2014

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` Latvian Human Rights Organisation Non-Citizens Congress Oppose Soviet Occupation Denial Law ‘

#AceWorldNews – RIGA – May 19 – Latvian human rights organization Non-Citizens Congress is going to challenge amendments criminalizing “public denial of the Soviet Union’s and Nazi Germany’s aggression against Latvia” in the Constitutional Court.

The organization would go to court if President Andris Berzins approves the amendments introducing criminal penalty for justification of the mentioned aggression, said the organization spokeswoman Jelena Bacinska.

“These amendments ban opinions about historic facts differing from the official line and neglect the freedom of speech, which contravenes democratic values of modern Europe. Neither do these amendments promote cohesion of the Latvian society,” she said.

The amendments adopted last week propose imprisonment up to five years as well as compulsory works and fines.

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` Moscow Pays Tribute to ` Victory Day ‘ with a Parade through Red Square Marking Sixty-Nine Years ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 09 – (NYT) – Russia’s thundering Victory Day parade, a lengthy review of its newly refurbished military and of its most advanced hardware, rolled through Red Square in Moscow on Friday as the event played out under global scrutiny in light of tensions with neighbouring Ukraine.

Celebration of the March annexation of Crimea was not subtle, as the first vehicles to enter the square behind row after row of tightly choreographed marching soldiers made clear.

The first vehicle, an armoured personnel carrier from a Black Sea Marines brigade, flew a big Crimean flag. Some 11,000 soldiers and 150 military vehicles, from tanks to intercontinental ballistic missile launchers, rumbled through the square.

Through cloudless skies, the flyover included 69 aircraft, marking the 69 years since the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

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` Mahmoud Abbas Denounces the ` Holocaust ‘ as one of the Most Heinous Crimes against Humanity ‘

#AceWorldNews – RAMALLAH – April 27 – After years of denying the holocaust finally Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has denounces the Holocaust as “the most heinous crime against humanity in modern history” in an interview with Palestinian news agency WAFA.

He also described Jews massacre by the Nazi Germany as “a reflection of the concept of ethnic discrimination and racism, which the Palestinians strongly reject and act against.”

His comments were made ahead of Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. Israel has repeatedly accused Abbas of denying the Holocaust in which some 6 million Jews were killed.

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1. Jewish Daily – April 27 – http://tinyurl.com/my9akco

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` On this Day We Remember ` International Day of Fascist Concentration Camps Prisoners Liberation ‘ and those who Died ‘

#AceNewsServices – BUCHENWALD – April 11 – On April 11,Russia’s city of Smolensk marked the Day of Fascist Concentration Camps Prisoners Liberation. People laid flowers at a memorial dedicated to child prisoners to commemorate the 170,000 boys and girls held by the Nazis at these camps during the WW2 occupation of Smolensk.

On April 11,Russia’s city of Smolensk marked the Day of Fascist Concentration Camps Prisoners Liberation . People laid flowers at a memorial dedicated to child prisoners to commemorate the 170,000 boys and girls held by the Nazis at these camps during the WW2 occupation of Smolensk.

The Liberation Day was established under a UN initiative to mark a revolt by Buchenwald prisoners who on April 11, 1945 learned that the Soviet Army was coming to liberate them.

The total of 18 million people were incarcerated in Nazi camps during WW2, 5 million of them were Soviet citizens.

The number of Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War exceeded 300.
Several million people were killed in concentration camps during the WWII.

Buchenwald concentration camp was liberated on April 11 1945.

On this day, the International Day of Fascist Concentration Camps Prisoners Liberation is marked.

TASS – VoR – Russian Media Sources

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` German Police have arrested a former `Nazi Medic ‘ serving in `Auschwitz ‘ on suspicion of ` aiding and abetting Murder ‘

#AceWorldNews – German police have arrested a former Nazi medic on suspicion of “multiple counts” of aiding and abetting murder when he was serving as a medic in the Auschwitz death camp, according to the local prosecutors’ office.

A 93-year-old suspect was arrested on Monday at his home near the town of Neubrandenburg, in the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in northern Germany.

A doctor examined the man after his arrest and determined that the suspect “was in good enough health to be held in custody while authorities investigate further,” according to Stefan Urbanek, spokesman from the prosecutors’ office in Schwerin, the state capital.

The prosecutor refused to reveal the pensioner’s identity due to German privacy rules.

The man is now being held in pre-trial detention.

A former member of the SS (Schutzstaffel), a major paramilitary organization under the Nazis from 1925 to 1945, the accused allegedly assisted in massacres of prisoners transported from Germany, Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Slovenia to the Auschwitz -Birkenau camp in September 1944.

RT

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` Latvia’s Environment Minister will be fired over planned `Waffen SS March’ as he Refuses Not to Attend in Riga ‘

#AceWorldNews Latvia’s environment minister will be fired over plans to participate in annual commemorations of Latvian soldiers who fought in Nazi units during World War II, AP reported, citing a government spokesman. Einars Cilinskis, of the right-wing National Alliance, said Friday that he would attend Sunday’s events in Riga.

The politician has ignored warnings from Prime Minister Lamidota Straujuma, who had called on cabinet ministers to stay away from the March 16 events.

They are expected to prompt counter-protests from members of Latvia’s Russian-speaking minority.

#ANS2014

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` Yury Gagarin 53 years ago today ` First Man in Space ‘ with his winning smile became a hero ‘

#AceWorldNews says that on March 9, legendary Soviet cosmonaut Yury Gagarin, the first man in space, would have turned 80.

His 108-minute epic orbital flight on April 12, 1961 ushered in the era of space exploration – and his charming smile became its symbol.

Blasting into space aboard Soviet rocket Vostok One, Gagarin also blasted into the history of mankind. He returned to Earth as an international hero, proving that a human can indeed fly to the stars.

One of the most famous people on the planet, he remains a much loved and respected figure in Russia. For many, Gagarin is the symbol and pride of the Soviet epoch; the epoch that was not all about the Cold War, Communist ideology, and the Iron Curtain, but also about scientific, engineering, and technical progress and achievements – something that some Soviet-born people still feel nostalgic for in the new era, where market and money rule the game.

Yury Gagarin was born into a poor family on a collective farm on March 9, 1934 in the village of Klushino, near Gzhatsk (now called Gagarin in his honour) in the Smolensk region. In 1941, just as Yury entered secondary school, the village was occupied by Nazi forces who shipped his elder brother and sister to labour camps in Germany.

Courtesy of RT News

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