Never let it be said that the past won't catch up with you. Yesterday, Germany arrested three elderly men accused of being guards at Auschwitz and raided the homes of several more.
The men, aged 88, 92 and 94, are currently being held in a prison hospital because, again, they are 88, 92 and 94 years old. The arrests followed a renewed hunt for former Nazis after the 2011 conviction of John Demjanjuk for being a guard at the Sobibor concentration camp. Demjanjuk was in a nursing home while his lawyers appealed the conviction when he died in 2012 aged 91. Demjanjuk was the first person to be convicted without evidence showing that he personally committed any atrocities while guarding the camp, which meant other men known to be guards but not to have committed any atrocities could also be arrested and tried as accessories to murder.
The three men, whose names have not been released, may soon be joined by several more former guards. Last September, German officials said at least 30 former Auschwitz guards should be prosecuted, the oldest of which is 97. Several more homes were raided when the three were arrested, and "various records and documents from the Nazi era were seized," according to the AFP.
Over 1.1 million people were murdered in Auschwitz. Better late than never.
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