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In Former Nazi Camp, a Devastating Find

Burned remains of 8K bodies found as Poland continues to press Germany for WWII reparations

(Newser) - A mass grave containing human ashes representing an estimated 8,000 people has been discovered near the former Nazi concentration camp of Soldau in northern Poland. The country's Institute of National Remembrance, which investigates crimes committed during the Nazi occupation of World War II and the subsequent period of...

100-Year-Old Former SS Guard Allegedly Helped Kill Thousands

Josef S. hides his face as trial begins in Germany

(Newser) - A man about to turn 101 is the oldest defendant yet to stand trial for allegedly aiding in the murder of prisoners at a German concentration camp almost 80 years ago. The former guard at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin, who can only be identified as Josef S. due...

Concentration Camp Secretary, 96, Flees Before Trial Begins

Irmgard Furchner was detained hours later

(Newser) - Some 76 years after the end of World War II, an alleged Nazi war criminal made one last effort to escape justice Thursday. A warrant was issued for the arrest of 96-year-old Irmgard Furchner and she was declared a fugitive after she failed to appear at her trial for aiding...

Former Nazi Guard, 100, Charged as Accessory to Murder

Unnamed man hit with more than 3.5K counts

(Newser) - German prosecutors have charged a 100-year-old man with 3,518 counts of being an accessory to murder on allegations he served during World War II as a Nazi SS guard at a concentration camp on the outskirts of Berlin, authorities said Tuesday. The man is alleged to have worked at...

Former Nazi Guard, 93, Headed to Juvenile Court

Stutthof guard Bruno Dey, now 93, charged as accessory to murder in 5,230 deaths

(Newser) - What is likely to be one of the last trials of a former Nazi guard kicks off Thursday in juvenile court in Germany. Bruno Dey is 93 and in poor health, per Deutsche Welle , but prosecutors say that in the height of World War II, he was a 17-year-old SS...

Nazi Hunters Who Found 'Butcher of Lyon' Honored

Serge and Beate Klarsfeld receive some of France's top awards from Macron

(Newser) - When they married in 1963, Serge and Beate Klarsfeld swore a lifelong mission together: to track down Nazis, by both "legal and illegal" methods, so justice could be meted out. Among those they found was ex-Gestapo officer Klaus Barbie—aka "the Butcher of Lyon"—in 1971 in...

Minnesota Woman Helps Indict Nazi Death Camp Guards

88-year-old helped identify former SS officer

(Newser) - Judith Meisel says that when she was a teenager in the Stutthof concentration camp in western Poland, other prisoners told her: "Don't let us die without you mentioning what happened to us." The 88-year-old Minnesota resident has not forgotten: Her testimony helped German authorities indict two former...

To Catch Nazis, Prosecutors Go 'Back in Time'

Virtual reality model shows Auschwitz circa 1940s

(Newser) - As World War II waned, Nazis were ordered to destroy evidence of the Final Solution at Auschwitz so that only a portion of the original camp remains today. That makes corroborating testimony of suspected war criminals difficult—but not impossible, thanks to virtual reality. Using original construction plans, period photographs,...

Auschwitz Guard, 94, to Stand Trial on 170K Counts

Reinhold Hanning's lawyer argues he worked in less-deadly section

(Newser) - A 94-year-old former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp is going on trial this week on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder, the first of up to four cases being brought to court this year in an 11th-hour push by German prosecutors to punish Nazi war crimes. Reinhold...

Death Camp Guard Living in Queens Last US Nazi Case

No country will take Jakiw Palij

(Newser) - During some three decades with Justice Department, Eli Rosenbaum has earned a well-deserved reputation as a Nazi hunter. He has worked on 137 cases involving suspected Nazis, and in all but 30 of them, the accused lost citizenship or was deported. Now, CNN reports, just a single active case remains....

Auschwitz Medic, 95, Will Stand Trial

Hubert Zafke was there when train carrying Anne Frank arrived

(Newser) - A 95-year-old German man accused of serving as a medical orderly in a place where more than a million people were murdered will go on trial next month, a court has announced. According to an indictment, former SS sergeant Hubert Zafke was a paramedic at the Auschwitz extermination camp from...

Latest Charged as a Nazi: 91-Year-Old Woman

She's charged with accessory to murder

(Newser) - German prosecutors say they've charged a 91-year-old woman with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations she was a member of the Nazi SS who served in the Auschwitz death camp complex. Schleswig-Holstein prosecutors' spokesman Heinz Doellel said today the woman, whose name wasn't disclosed due...

2 Most-Wanted Nazis Won't Face Trial

Alleged war criminal-turned-beekeeper dies in Canada

(Newser) - There were two men at the top of this year's Simon Wiesenthal Center most-wanted Nazi war criminal list —and there is now no chance either one will face a court. No. 2 on the list, Ukrainian-born Vladimir Katriuk, has died in Quebec at the age of 93, the...

World's 'Worst' Nazi Is Dead
 World's 'Worst' Nazi Is Dead 

World's 'Worst' Nazi Is Dead

Alois Brunner, Eichmann's 'best man,' revealed to have died 4 years ago

(Newser) - The world's most-wanted Nazi is dead, and he died without regrets about his role in the murder of thousands of Jews. That's according to Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff, who says a German secret service agent recently revealed that Alois Brunner, Adolf Eichmann's "best man," died...

US Paid Suspected Nazis Millions in Social Security

Benefits continue after they voluntarily leave US

(Newser) - As an incentive to get them off American soil, Nazi war criminals and suspects were in many cases allowed to keep their Social Security benefits. That left dozens of them—at least 38 of 66 suspects since 1979—to receive millions in US taxpayer dollars over the years, the AP...

Accused Nazi About to Be Extradited Dies in US

Philadelphia's Johann Breyer, 89, was a guard at Auschwitz

(Newser) - An 89-year-old Philly man suspected of Nazi war crimes died last night in a local hospital, the AP reports—the same day a judge issued an order to have him extradited to Germany. Former toolmaker Johann Breyer had been arrested in June, and German prosecutors wanted to try him for...

Ex-Nazi, 88, in Young Offender Court Over WWII Massacre

Was 19 when 642 slain at Oradour-sur-Glane

(Newser) - Werner C. is 88 years old, but his fate now rests with the young offenders chamber of the Cologne court. That's because the man was just 19 during the 1944 massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane in France, in which 642 people were killed, Reuters reports. Men were herded into barns and...

Minneapolis Man Ordered Nazi-led Massacre: Soldier

German prosecutor recommends murder charges against Michael Karkoc

(Newser) - New evidence suggests that Michael Karkoc, the former Nazi SS commander found living in Minnesota , may have actually ordered the 1944 attack on Chlaniow , in which 44 Polish villagers, including women and children, were killed. Initially, Karkoc was simply said to have been near the scenes of that and other...

Nazi Criminal to Be Buried in 'Secret' Location

But Priebke supporters can pay homage, lawyer says

(Newser) - After an attempt to hold a funeral for a Nazi war criminal sparked clashes, a secret burial place has been found for Erich Priebke, his lawyer says—though he seems to have a strange definition of "secret." The lawyer says Priebke will be buried in Italy or Germany,...

Clashes Halt Nazi War Criminal's Funeral

Catholic extremists offer to hold service for Priebke

(Newser) - The corpse of a Nazi war criminal is far from resting in peace in Italy: A hearse containing the body of Erich Priebke, who died last week while under house arrest for his role in the 1944 massacre of 335 Italian civilians, was attacked by protesters yesterday as it approached...

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