Former Nazi camp guard, 94, on trial

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A SUR­VIV­ING former en­listed SS man has gone on trial in Ger­many, charged with be­ing an ac­ces­sory to mur­der for crimes com­mit­ted dur­ing the years he served as a guard at the Nazis’ Stut­thof con­cen­tra­tion camp.

Jo­hann Re­hbo­gen, now 94 ( above) is ac­cused of work­ing as a guard at the camp east of Danzig – which is to­day the Pol­ish city of Gdansk – from June 1942 to the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber 1944.

There is no ev­i­dence link­ing him to a spe­cific crime, but more than 60,000 peo­ple were killed at Stut­thof and pros­e­cu­tors ar­gue that as a guard, he was an ac­ces­sory to at least hun­dreds of those deaths.

Stut­thof pris­on­ers were killed in a gas cham­ber, with deadly in­jec­tions of ga­so­line or phenol di­rectly to their hearts or shot, starved and even forced out­side in win­ter with­out clothes un­til they died of ex­po­sure, prose­cu­tor An­dreas Bren­del said.

Re­hbo­gen does not deny serv­ing in the camp dur­ing the war but told in­ves­ti­ga­tors he was not aware of the killings and did not par­tic­i­pate in them. THE long­est ever cricket test match was played over 12 days be­tween Eng­land and South Africa in 1939.

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