TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Germans arrest alleged Auschwitz guard, 93

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Monday, May 6, 2013, 9:42 p.m.
 

BERLIN — A 93-year-old who was deported from the United States for lying about his Nazi past was arrested by German authorities Monday on allegations he served as an Auschwitz death camp guard, Stuttgart prosecutors said.

Hans Lipschis was taken into custody after authorities concluded there was “compelling evidence” he was involved in crimes at Auschwitz while there from 1941 to 1945, prosecutor Claudia Krauth said.

Lipschis has acknowledged being assigned to an SS guard unit at Auschwitz but maintains he only served as a cook and was not involved in any war crimes.

Krauth said, however, that a judge upheld her office's request for an arrest warrant after concluding there was enough evidence to hold him before charges on accessory to murder are brought. Bringing formal charges, a process similar to a U.S. grand jury indictment, would take two months, she said.

In the meantime, Krauth said, a doctor has confirmed Lipschis' health remains good enough for him to be kept in detention.

Lipschis was deported from the United States in 1983 for lying about his Nazi past when he immigrated to Chicago in the 1950s after the war.

With no evidence linking him to specific war crimes, however, it was impossible under previous German law to bring charges against him.

But the case is now being pursued on the same legal theory used to prosecute former Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk, who died last year while appealing his 2011 conviction in Germany for being a guard at the Sobibor death camp.

Under the new line of thinking, even without proof of participation in a specific crime, a person who served at a death camp can be charged with accessory to murder.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. WHO: Nigeria’s Ebola outbreak is officially over
  2. Loophole rewards expelled Nazi suspects with Social Security benefits
  3. Pope Francis: ‘God is not afraid of new things’
  4. Crime rocks Mexico despite government claim of progress
  5. South Korea: Two Koreas exchange gunfire along border
  6. Kurds, U.S. warplanes run ISIS out of Syrian border town of Kobani
  7. Benghazi resigned to clashes as Islamist militias battle forces loyal to government
  8. Fiercest fighting in days hits Syrian border town of Kobani
  9. As Hong Kong protests continue, fear of more casualties grows
  10. ‘Soldier’s soldier’ Army Gen. Austin leads war on ISIS terrorists
  11. ISIS’ message of terror heeded in Pakistan, China, Africa
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.