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Ex-Nazi in court: The trial of a 94-year-old for­mer SS guard, ac­cused of be­ing an ac­ces­sory to the mur­der of hun­dreds of con­cen­tra­tion camp pris­on­ers, be­gan in Ger­many this week. Jo­hann Re­hbo­gen was a guard at the Stut­thof camp in what is now north­ern Poland from 1942 to 1944; more than 100 Pol­ish pris­on­ers, 77 Soviet pris­on­ers, and sev­eral hun­dred Jews were gassed to death at Stut­thof in 1944. The de­fen­dant, who en­tered the court­room in a wheel­chair, wept as lawyers read aloud the tes­ti­mony of Holo­caust sur­vivors like Marga Gries­bach, who re­counted the death of her 6-year-old brother. The for­mer guard is be­ing tried in a ju­ve­nile court be­cause he was un­der 21 at the time of the killings; he has pre­vi­ously said he was un­aware of the atroc­i­ties at the camp.

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