A 91-year-old woman was charged Monday for her alleged involvement in the murder of at least 260,000 Jews at the Auschwitz concentration camp complex in Poland. He said he presumed she is fit to stand trial, and that the court would consider documents from Germany’s central archive of Nazi crimes in Ludwigsburg, near Stuttgart, before deciding if a trial is required.
She was charged as an accessory because she helped Auschwitz function.
German prosecutors say the woman, who can not be named because of legal reasons, was allegedly a member of the Nazi SS and worked as a radio operator for the camp commandant for several months in 1944.
In April, Oskar Groening, a 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard, was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews there.
According to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, over a million German men were targeted by the Nazis for threatening the “disciplined masculinity” of Germany, and over 100,000 were arrested under a law criminalising homosexuality. If ever she is declared medically able, she would be tried at a court in Kiel.
Doellel added that the court is unlikely to decide whether to move forward with the case until 2016.