German Nazi Hunter Finds 8 More Elderly Suspects

They allegedly worked at a concentration camp where 65K were killed
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2016 4:13 PM CDT
Jens Rommel, Germany's top Nazi hunter, has identified eight elderly men and women suspected of working at a concentration camp in Poland during WWII. They could be charged with being accessories to murder.   (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP,file)

(Newser) – Eight elderly men and women could be charged with working at a Nazi concentration camp in Poland during WWII, the AP reports. German investigators say the four men were guards at Stutthof concentration camp and the four women were telephone operators and secretaries. According to Reuters, the eight individuals were identified by Jens Rommel, Germany's head Nazi hunter, and the Central Office for the Investigation of Nazi Crimes. Rommel has forwarded the cases to local prosecutors, who could charge the individuals with "accessory to murder in several thousand cases," NBC News reports. The individuals are in their late 80s or 90s.

Approximately 65,000 people were killed at the Stutthof concentration camp. German prosecutors have recently started going after people for allegedly working at Nazi concentration camps even when their specific crimes aren't known. "Given the vast system of concentration and extermination camps put in place by the Nazis, and the number of personnel needed to run and guard these sites, it comes as no surprise that a few of these perpetrators are still alive, even today," Reuters quotes a statement from the World Jewish Congress as saying. The German government has given Rommel and his office nine more years to investigate Nazi crimes from WWII. (Read more Nazis stories.)

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