Hundreds of Nazi probes reopened

Publié le par The Daily Star

JournalThe Daily Star published 06/10/2011

Prosecutors have reopened hundreds of dormant investigations of former Nazi death camp guards and others who might now be charged under a new precedent set by the conviction of retired US autoworker John Demjanjuk, The Associated Press has learned.

Demjanjuk in 1987Given the advanced age of all of the suspects the youngest are in their 80s the head of the German prosecutors' office dedicated to investigating Nazi war crimes told the AP that authorities are not even waiting until the Demjanjuk appeals process is over.

"We don't want to wait too long, so we've already begun our investigations," prosecutor Kurt Schrimm said.

He said the Demjanjuk conviction has opened the door to prosecutions that he had never thought possible in the past.

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