93-Year-Old Arrested Over Auschwitz Ties
Hans Lipschis admits to being a cook at camp, says he committed no war crimes
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 6, 2013 12:24 PM CDT
An undated image shows the main gate of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland.   (AP Photo/File)

(Newser) – A 93-year-old man who was deported from the US in 1983 for lying about his Nazi past was arrested by German authorities today on allegations he served as an Auschwitz death camp guard. Hans Lipschis was taken into custody after authorities concluded there was "compelling evidence" he was involved in crimes at Auschwitz while there from 1941 to 1945, says prosecutor Claudia Krauth. Lipschis has acknowledged being assigned to an SS guard unit at Auschwitz but maintains he only served as a cook and was not involved in any war crimes.

But a judge upheld Krauth's office's request for an arrest warrant after concluding there was enough evidence to hold him before charges on accessory to murder are brought, a process that is expected to take another two months. In the meantime, Krauth says a doctor has confirmed Lipschis' health remains good enough for him to be kept in detention. The case is being pursued on the same legal theory used in the case of John Demjanjuk, the first person to be convicted as an accessory to murder without direct evidence he took part in a specific murder; about 50 other people are being investigated under the same theory. Click for more on Germany's last-ditch effort to go after Auschwitz guards.

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May 7, 2013 8:10 AM CDT
Nebuchadnezzar must be breathing a sign of relief that he still hasn't made the list.
May 7, 2013 7:44 AM CDT
It's never to late to punish a Nazi war criminal.
May 7, 2013 2:40 AM CDT
GOOD! What I would like to know. why has every report about an Auschwitz head wardress Hilda Birkhardt (NOTORIOUS WOMEN'S CAMP) never been actioned? she WAS RECOGNISED BY ONE OF HER JEWISH VICTIMS back in 1961! Our family reported over the years and never been actioned to arrest. Is Australia protecting these war criminals?(yes!)...Wonder if she is still living in Clarke Street Riverstone, NSW Australia? She lived her life in Australia UNHURT & UNHINDERED!! Wrong, wrong, wrong, where is justice?