Ex-Auschwitz guard convicted
DETMOLD – A 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard has been sentenced to jail by a judge who branded him a “willing and efficient henchman” in the Holocaust.
Reinhold Hanning, from Detmold, was convicted of being an accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 people at the concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.
Hanning’s lawyer, Johannes Salmen, said they would appeal. “I assume he will not be fit for a custodial sentence. That means he will not have to go to jail.”
Besides Hanning, one other man and one woman in their 90s are accused of being accessories to the mass murder at Auschwitz.
A third man who was a member of the Nazi SS guard team at Auschwitz died at the age of 93 in April, days before his trial was due to start.