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40 Auschwitz guards may face justice

AFP-JIJI

German investigators into Nazi war crimes will send the files of more than 40 former Auschwitz death camp personnel to state prosecutors from next month, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

Most of the suspects are in their 90s, chief investigator Kurt Schrimm told the Tageszeitung.

More than 6,000 SS personnel served at Auschwitz, where about 1.1 million Jews, Roma and members of other persecuted groups died in gas chambers or of forced labor, sickness and starvation.

For over 60 years German courts only prosecuted Nazi war criminals if evidence showed they had personally committed atrocities, but since a 2011 landmark case, all former camp guards can be tried.