93 Year-Old Former Auschwitz Medic Arrested For War Atrocities

PIC: Jochen Zimmermann (CC0

PIC: Jochen Zimmermann (CC0

Nearly 70 years after the liberation of the infamous Auschwitz death camp, Germany’s Central Office for the Investigation of Nazi War Crimes continues its efforts to find and prosecute those who oversaw the deaths of millions of Jews, gays, Roma, Poles, political dissidents, and anyone else the Hitler regime considered immoral, defective or troublesome. The latest to be arrested is an 93 year-old former medic. In accordance with German privacy laws, his name has not been released to the public.

Via The Guardian:

The 93-year-old, who was arrested at his home near Neubrandenburg, north of Berlin, underwent a medical checkup before he faced a judge and was then taken into pre-trial detention.

The former SS member allegedly assisted in the mass murder of prisoners who arrived on eight transports from Germany, Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Slovenia in September 1944.

Of the arrivals, 1,721 were killed in gas chambers after they were deemed unfit for forced labour at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in Oswiecim, southern Poland, prosecutors said.

Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, praised German authorities for “not relenting in the pursuit of those who murdered, or aided in murdering, thousands of people” during the second world war.

“The prosecution of those who participated in terrible crimes sends a clear message that justice must be done, no matter how late the hour,” he said.

The arrest followed a recommendation from the German office investigating Nazi war crimes to bring charges. It was the latest in a series of arrests since Germany launched a renewed drive to bring to justice the last surviving perpetrators of the Holocaust.

For more than 60 years German courts prosecuted Nazi war criminals only if evidence showed they had personally committed atrocities. But in 2011 a Munich court sentenced John Demjanjuk to five years in prison for complicity in the extermination of Jews at the Sobibor camp, establishing that all former camp guards could be tried.

Keep reading at The Guardian.

13 Comments on "93 Year-Old Former Auschwitz Medic Arrested For War Atrocities"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Mar 19, 2014 at 3:29 pm |

    who will be arrested the genocide of American Indians?
    who will be arrested for Bush/Obummer war crimes?
    if anyone at all
    it will be low level slaves of the system

  2. New Monkey | Mar 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm |

    “Who takes vengeance or bears a grudge acts like one who, having cut one hand while handling a knife, avenges himself by stabbing the other hand.”
    [Nedarim 9.4, The Talmud]

    Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.
    [Friedrich Nietzsche, 1954]

    • Thurlow Weed | Mar 19, 2014 at 4:38 pm |

      Nietzsche died in 1900, the writers of the Talmud a bit earlier than that. My guess is if both had knowledge of the Nazis and what they did in the 1930’s and 40’s they would have warned people against quoting them when Nazi torturers were arrested.

      • Jeb Morningside | Mar 20, 2014 at 3:43 am |

        Yeah, because the Nazis invented torture and war crimes.

        • Thurlow Weed | Mar 20, 2014 at 5:32 am |

          Are you a soft-peddler of antisemitism, or only given to making vague comments that don’t mean anything at all?

  3. kowalityjesus | Mar 19, 2014 at 4:03 pm |

    Did you know that it is punishable by incarceration to question or trivialize events surrounding the Holocaust in most European countries?

    • Really? Most? I thought it was just Germany.

      • kowalityjesus | Mar 19, 2014 at 7:58 pm |

        “Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, and the European Union ….. The European Union’s executive Commission
        proposed a European Union wide anti-racism xenophobia law in 2001, which included the criminalization of Holocaust denial.” Yeah man, glad I live in America where if I want to bring up a taboo topic I only have to face virulent ostracism instead of jail time.

        • Rey d'Tutto | Mar 21, 2014 at 7:22 pm |

          You have the right to say whatever you want. That doesn’t make you right, nor does it make what sentiment you express correct. If you are a dickhead, expect to be called on it.

          I swore an oath to protect your right to say what you want *, regardless of whether I agree with you or not.

          * unless it’s Libelous or Slanderous…

    • Tuna Ghost | Mar 20, 2014 at 6:24 am |

      It sounds extreme, but the results of the opposite policy can be seen in modern Japan where lawmakers not only refuse to acknowledge any crimes committed by their country but also recently tried to get the Prime Minister to retract an earlier apology in regard to “comfort women”.

  4. Anarchy Pony | Mar 19, 2014 at 5:30 pm |

    Too bad this guy wasn’t Hubertus Strughold, Then he’d be the father of space medicine.

  5. Jeb Morningside | Mar 19, 2014 at 5:53 pm |

    C’mon, Jews, he’s 93. He got away with it, you lose this one.

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