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Auschwitz guards to face criminal probes: Germany

AFP, BERLIN

Schrimm said that while the latest investigation focused on Auschwitz, it had other Nazi camps including Majdanek in occupied Poland in its sights.

“The Central Office is also looking through the archives in Russia, Belarus and Brazil for further names of possible perpetrators,” he said.

The announcement from Ludwigsburg came a day after the start of a trial in Germany of a 92-year-old former SS officer for the murder of a Dutch resistance fighter nearly 70 years ago.

Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is a German national, faces a life sentence if found guilty.

Since the Nuremberg Trials in 1945 and 1946, about 106,000 German or foreign-born Nazi soldiers have been accused of war crimes.

About 13,000 have been found guilty and about half sentenced, according to the Ludwigsburg office.

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