Nazi Auschwitz guard Ernst Tremmel dies just before trial

Publié le par Independent by Alexandra Sims

Nazi Auschwitz guard Ernst Tremmel dies just before trial

93-year-old Ernst Tremmel was a member of the Nazi SS guard team at the Nazi camp in occupied Poland.

The gates, circa 1965, of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz in occupied Poland

The gates, circa 1965, of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz in occupied Poland

A former Auschwitz guard has died days before going on trial, accused of being an accessory to murder.

Ernst Tremmel was a member of the Nazi SS guard team at Nazi camp in occupied Poland between November 1942 and June 1943, during which time at least 1,075 prisoners were gassed to death, prosecutors say. 

He allegedly played a part in the deportation of prisoners from Nazi transit camps in Berlin, Drancy in occupied France, and Westerbork in occupied Netherlands.

The 93-year-old’s trial was scheduled to begin on 13 April at a court in Hanau near Frankfurt, Germany.

A court spokesman said all trial dates had been cancelled after the police confirmed Tremmel's death on Thursday.

Germany is holding what are expected to be its final trials linked to the Holocaust, in which more than six million people were killed under the Nazi regime.

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