In February, the Prosecutor’s Office in Neuruppen, eastern Germany, charged Schwitz with complicity in the murder. He is accused of “consciously and voluntarily” participating in the killing of camp prisoners in the years 1942-1945.
Schweitz was also accused of complicity in the killing of Soviet prisoners of war by firing squad in 1942 and the killing of prisoners using Zyklon B, France 24 reports.
Schwitz remains at large during the trial, and even if convicted, he is unlikely to be imprisoned given his age, according to France 24 estimates.
In February, the International Auschwitz Committee accused the German judiciary of not prosecuting German criminals for decades.
He was prompted by the International Auschwitz Commission to draft the indictment in early February for Schweitz and the former secretary of the 95-year-old German concentration camp Stutthof. The commission said that the fact that the perpetrators are now being brought to justice is a “decades-long failure and negligence of the German judiciary”.
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