Ex-Nazi, 90, Charged With 58 Murders

University student found him while researching paper
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2009 12:40 PM CST
Rows of Nazi SS troops, also known as the Schutzstaffel, stand in uniform at Nuremberg, Germany in this 1938 photo.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A 90-year-old former SS officer has been charged with 58 counts of murder for allegedly taking part in a massacre of Jewish forced laborers in Austria, German officials announced today. The man, identified in German media reports as Adolf Storms, had been living unnoticed in Duisburg until an Austrian university student found him while researching a paper on the killings last year, reports the Guardian.

Storm is suspected of being one of the officers who, on March 29, 1945, marched at least 57 Jewish laborers into the woods, told them to give up their valuables, and executed them as they knelt before a mass grave. Storm is also accused of shooting one man who was too weak to march. The prosecution has three former members of the Hitler Youth as witnesses, and is pursuing a fourth.