94-year-old charged as juvenile because he was 19 at time of alleged offences
Prosecutors estimate 13,335 people were sent to gas chambers during time he served as SS guard Getty
Prosecutors in Stuttgart said the unidentified suspect, a German national born in Serbia, was charged as a juvenile because he was 19 at the time of the alleged offences.
They say he served as a guard at Auschwitz in late 1942 and early 1943, and estimate 13,335 people were sent to the gas chambers during that time.
According to prosecutors, the suspect has said via his lawyer he wasn’t aware of the background and aims of what was happening, or of details of the killings.
The suspect has been charged on the premise that, as a guard, he helped the camp function.
Earlier this year, another former Auschwitz guard died before he could serve four years in prison for his role as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 of the death camp's roughly one million victims.
He never began his prison sentence due to a series of appeals.
Twenty-two per cent said they had not heard of the Holocaust or were not sure whether they had heard of it.