Wednesday 22 November 2017

Convicted former Auschwitz guard dies aged 95

Former SS sergeant Reinhold Hanning served at Auschwitz (AP)
Former SS sergeant Reinhold Hanning served at Auschwitz (AP)

A former SS sergeant who was convicted of 170,000 counts of accessory to murder over his time as an Auschwitz guard has died at the age of 95.

Reinhold Hanning died on May 30, his attorney confirmed, without giving further details.

Hanning was convicted last year and sentenced to five years in prison, though he did not serve time behind bars as his case was under appeal.

While there was no evidence he directly participated in killings at Auschwitz, he was convicted as an accessory for helping the Nazi death camp function in his capacity as a guard in a verdict hailed as an overdue victory for victims.

He told the court he was "ashamed that I saw injustice and never did anything about it".

Press Association

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