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13 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the Lueneburg state court in Germany said the trial against a 93-year-old former Auschwitz guard can resume, finding him fit to stand trial. Oskar Gröening was charged [JURIST report] with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder and faces a maximum of 15 years in prison for … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] German prosecutors on Monday charged a 93-year-old former Waffen SS volunteer with aiding in the murder of at least 300,000 people during his time as a volunteer at Auschwitz. The man is accused of helping collect money stolen from the disposed luggage of inmates and transferring it to the … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] US officials on Tuesday arrested [criminal complaint] 89-year-old Johann Breyer on charges that he was a Nazi SS guard at Auschwitz and Buchenwald during World War II. Breyer has admitted to serving at Auschwitz but claims that his service was involuntary and that he did not take part in … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The head of Germany's special Nazi war crimes agency [German Federal Archives backgrounder], Kurt Schrimm, announced Monday that his office would soon turn over to state prosecutors the results of investigations into war crimes allegedly committed by several former concentration camp guards. As many as 20 men and women … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A German district court in Ellwangen ruled Friday that accused former Auschwitz guard, Hans Lipschis, is unfit to stand trial. The ruling was based on Lipschis' early stages of incipient dementia, making him unable to comprehend the criminal trial. While Lipschis acknowledges being a member of the SS at … [read more]


Legal News
21 Feb 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] German officials on Thursday raided the homes of three men and arrested them for their suspected roles as guards at the Auschwitz [USHMM backgrounder] death camp during World War II. The men, aged 88, 92 and 94, are currently being detained [BBC report] in the Hohenasperg prison hospital. They … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A judge for Germany's Hagen State Court [official website, in German] on Wednesday dropped the case against 92-year-old Siert Bruins [JURIST news archive], a former member of the Nazi Waffen SS. Prosecutors had accused Bruins of executing [NYT report] captured Dutch Nazi-opposition fighter Aldert Klaas Dijkema in September 1944 … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A German district court in Ellwangen ruled Friday that accused former Auschwitz guard, Hans Lipschis, is unfit to stand trial. The ruling was based on Lipschis' early stages of incipient dementia, making him unable to comprehend the criminal trial. While Lipschis acknowledges being a member of the SS at … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A German prosecutor on Monday recommended that a 94-year-old man living in Minnesota be charged with 40 counts of murder for his involvement in an attack that razed a Polish village to the ground in 1944. An earlier investigation [RT report] found that retired Minnesota carpenter Michael Karkoc was … [read more]


Legal News
3 Sep 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The trial of 92-year-old Siert Bruins [JURIST news archive], a former member of the Nazi Waffen SS [USHMM backgrounder], began Monday in Germany's Hagen State Court [official website, in German]. Prosecutors accuse Bruins of executing [AP report] captured Dutch Nazi-opposition fighter Aldert Klaas Dijkema in September 1944 outside the … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The head of the German prosecutors' office that specializes in investigating Nazi crimes reported on Monday that its investigation into 50 individuals suspected of serving as guards at Auschwitz [JURIST news archive] is almost complete. The individuals are being investigated under a new legal theory, which argues that a … [read more]


Legal News
12 Aug 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Laszlo Csatary, a 98-year-old Hungarian man charged with the unlawful execution and torture of people in connection with the Holocaust, died Monday after suffering a number of medical problems. Csatary died in a Hungarian hospital [BBC report] while awaiting trial, which was set to begin in September. Csatary was … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Germany's Hagen State Court [official website, in German] will require 92-year-old Siert Bruins, a former member of the Nazi Waffen SS [USHMM backgrounder] to go on trial in September. Last November, Bruins was charged for the murder [JURIST report] of resistance fighter Aldert Klaas Dijkema in 1944. Bruins and … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Hungarian prosecutors on Tuesday charged Laszlo Csatary, a 98-year-old Hungarian man, with the unlawful execution and torture of people in connection with the Holocaust. Slovakian authorities began the investigation [JURIST report] of Csatary in September after he was arrested on allegations of abusing and assisting in the deportation of … [read more]


Legal News
7 May 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] German authorities on Monday arrested a 93-year-old man for allegedly serving as a guard at Auschwitz and assisting in the mass murder carried out at the death camp. Hans Lipschis, who was deported from the US in 1983 for lying about his Nazi affiliations, has acknowledged [Speigel report] being … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Slovak court announced Thursday that the death sentence of 98 year-old Laszlo Csatary [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive] has been commuted to a sentence of life imprisonment in order to adhere to modern Slovak law. A court in Czechoslovakia sentenced Csatary to death in absentia in 1948, but … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2013
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] An Austrian court convicted three neo-Nazis on Thursday of glorifying Nazism over the Internet, sentencing them to as many as nine years in prison. Neo-Nazi leader Gottfried Kuessel was sentenced [AP report] to nine years in prison for creating the Alpen-Donau website, which promotes Nazism. Kuessel spent time in … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2012
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] German prosecutors on Monday charged 91-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen SS [USHMM backgrounder] Siert Bruins with the murder of a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. The Dortmund prosecutor [official website, in German] accused Bruins of executing [AP report] captured Dutch Nazi-opposition fighter Aldert Klaas Dijkema in September … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The German Finance Ministry [official website, in German] on Thursday gave final approval to amendments to the Luxembourg Agreement [text, PDF, in German] that will increase compensation to surviving victims [press release, in German] of the Nazi regime. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble signed the amended agreement at a … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] An alleged Nazi war criminal has filed a writ to sue the Australian government for wrongful imprisonment after being jailed on a charge of killing an 18-year-old Jewish man in Hungary in 1944. Charles Zentai [The Australian backgrounder], a 91-year-old former Nazi and resident of Perth, was imprisoned for … [read more]

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