94-year-old former Auschwitz guard on trial

A 94-year-old Auschwitz guard will go on trial on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder in Western Germany. 

The man has been accused of serving in the death camp at a time when hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews were gassed. 

Former SS Sergeant Reinhold Hanning maintains that he served in a part of the Auschwitz camp complex where gassing didn’t take place. 

The prosecution argued that all guards helped the camp function. They also argued that during the so-called “Hungarian Action” in 1944, almost all of were called upon to help deal with the cast numbers of people arriving at the complex in Nazi-occupied Poland. 

A 94-year-old survivor from Berlin has been scheduled to testify Thursday, the opening day of the trial.

It’s unclear whether Hanning will first make a statement. 

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