A 101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard has been charged with mass murder for killing 3,000 inmates at Sachsenhausen concentration camp, according to the British newspaper “Mirror” on the 3rd. But he denied the charges, arguing in court that he was “just a farmer”. During his appearance in court, he kept a blue folder covering his face.
The former Nazi guard, named Josef, is accused of killing 3,518 inmates at Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Some 10,000 people died in the Sachsenau concentration camp in gas chambers, mass shootings, medical experiments, or were killed on inhumane grounds. But the former guard claims he worked on an estate near the camp, dressing the horseshoes of a farmer.
101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard appears in court for trial (screenshot from British media)
Josef admitted he had assisted in the German defense when the Russians entered in 1945, but then reverted to being a member of the general population. He said he had neither a uniform nor a gun, only a shovel. “I just assisted in digging trenches and cutting down trees.” But the judge read relevant documents indicating that he served in the military from 1941 to 1945. Joseph denied this, arguing that he had signed the papers “without reading them”.
His doctor said Joseph could only cooperate with the work for 2 1/2 hours a day. Joseph is reportedly the oldest of the defendants in the trial so far. Due to German privacy laws, Joseph is an alias.