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The 101-year-old former guard of the Nazi camp is sentenced to 5 years in prison

The 101-year-old former guard of the Nazi camp is sentenced to 5 years in prison

A German court has sentenced a former 101-year-old Nazi camp guard to five years in prison. The pensioner is the oldest person so far to be charged with complicity in the Holocaust war crimes.

Prosecutors charged the pensioner with involvement in the killing of 3,518 inmates at the Sachsenhausen camp between 1942 and 1945.

The man, who now lives in the state of Brandenburg, pleaded not guilty throughout the trial. "I do not know why I am here," he said again at the end of the procedure. During interrogation, the defendant said he did nothing. He denied having knowledge of the major crimes that took place in Sachsenhausen, saying he had been a farm worker at the time in question.

While prosecutors claim that he consciously and willingly participated in crimes as a guard at the camp.

What happened in Sachsenhausen?

Over 200,000 people - mostly Jews, but also members of the Roma community, opponents of the regime and homosexuals - were imprisoned in Sachsenhausen between 1936 and 1945 for reasons other than their religious and ethnic identity, sexuality or political beliefs.

Tens of thousands died from forced labor or as a result of unethical medical experiments, starvation and disease, in addition to the acts of mass murder that took place there. Six million Jews were killed during the Holocaust.

Soviet troops first arrived to liberate the camp north of Berlin in the city of Oranienburg in 1945.