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93-year-old former Auschwitz guard charged

26 Sep 2013

On 26 Sep 2013, German prosecutors announced accessory to murder charges against a former Auschwitz Concentration Camp SS guard. Now 93 years old, Hans Lipschis, in custody since May 2013, claimed that he served only as a cook while at Auschwitz, which might not matter should it go to trial since one major function of the camp was genocide.

For more information:
Time: Germany Charges Alleged Auschwitz Guard, 93
WW2DB: Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust

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1. Jerry says:
27 Sep 2013 04:49:30 AM

Time to put this stuff to rest folks.
Let the old man go and live/die in peace.
2. Ben Jones says:
30 Sep 2013 06:56:27 AM

Jerry, If it were your grandparents that he murdered you would change your tune.
3. Paul says:
30 Sep 2013 02:01:03 PM

Ben Jones, I agree with you. But there still comes a point where it might be wiser to let the man live, like Jerry said. I can't imagine Hans Lipschis hasn't thought about his role in Auschwitz every day, and living with that is punishment enough.

Besides, isn't there statute of limitations on this?
4. Anonymous says:
1 Oct 2013 07:25:31 AM

Interesting reading this on the anniversary of the Nuremburg trial Sentencing. The post war prosecution at Nuremburg was around Crimes against Humanity as far as Auschwitz was concerned. However, the report mentions a charge of Accesory to Murder. I am not sure what they would need to prove in order to make this stick. At 93 years old it seems unlikely that this old man will serve any major time in prison and they can't hang him so any victory in the courts would be tempered.
5. Anonymous says:
6 Oct 2013 02:09:54 AM

The only wisdom here is for you younger folks to understand that this man should have been prosecuted 68 years ago. He has had his reprieve. He lived his life a free man. He was part of evil on this earth and witnessed it each and every day. Feeding the men committing it. He has never been able to erase it from his mind. He remembers. He hears the sounds of screams when he sleeps and sees the sunken faces and bony frames of the people they tortured.He cooks and eats while they starve. Please, maybe justice means nothing to you, but wisdom? Eternity of hell awaits this 93 year old. Perhaps God can forgive him but we sure dont have to.

My father fought over 3 years in Africa across Europe and freed camps. He would not have any pity on this man today. He knew he was a criminal. He knew it was terrible. Yet he was a coward.

He will die all too soon with no real suffering. They skinned people alive. Who knows maybe they even borrowed his kitchen knives. Consider the reality and magnitude of killing millions and how much effort of cruelty that really takes. He fed the men, complacent, accepted their acts.

I say starve him to death. They say its painless.
6. Mark says:
9 Oct 2013 06:30:45 AM

I think the point here is to drive home the idea that if this ever happens again the perpetrators will be hunted until they die. At 93 it's fairly certain that if convicted, he won't be spending much time in prison before he dies.
7. Anonymous says:
25 Oct 2013 06:35:36 AM

Ask him what they did to 93 year old men back then. Justice is still due.
8. Anonymous says:
4 Nov 2013 10:12:46 AM

Thankful. Finally.
9. Anonymous says:
4 Nov 2013 10:15:40 AM

This is why, Jerry...
there is no time to put to rest murder. There is no limitations on when it begins to be not okay.

10. paul says:
5 Nov 2013 12:23:14 PM

One of the coments hit the nail on the head.. What did they do to 93 year old men then. he knew what was going on no matter his job. l went there this year,and still find it impossible to get my head around it .Some of the killing was very slow,eg a room you could just get 14 men in it,only room to stand.they stood there with no food or water untill they died.This act is not just wiping out a race,it beggers belief.Its a crime of hate.
11. Haider says:
5 Nov 2013 01:55:17 PM

what about the the thousands of crimes that have been executed by Israel criminal gangs and army toward palestinain people for more than 70 years???
12. Anonymous says:
5 Nov 2013 10:25:23 PM

put him on TV and describe what was done there -- then those deniers MIGHT shut up ....
13. Anonymous says:
10 Nov 2013 12:21:21 PM

So.....what suddenly happened this late that caused this man to be arrested and convicted?
14. Morgan Powys says:
10 Nov 2013 12:35:03 PM

I have to wonder how much he can be held accountable for what happened at the camp. He was a cook. That's all I have seen being used against him. Just a guy who cooked and cleaned his kitchen. If that is all he did, I say he is not guilty of anything. What was he supposed to do? Kill himself? Stage a one man rescue of the inmates?

I'm well aware of what happened at the camps. But, this thirst for vengeance on anyone you can hang a shred of guilt on has to stop. What's next? Prosecuting the milk man? The lumberjack that cut down a tree that was used to build a fence post?
15. Jon says:
14 Nov 2013 07:06:02 PM

I don't think there is a statute of limitations on mass murder. Use his ancient *** as a human Guinea Pig
16. Paul M says:
21 Nov 2013 08:38:30 AM

Lets face it.no matter his job,he didnt give a toss at best.at worst he was all for it.This isnt about a man who saw a slight mistermeaner.he saw human behavior at its worst.
17. Paul M says:
21 Nov 2013 09:30:56 AM

BUT to be fair many evil camp guards were let off, and other Nazis were given the world, eg the US space program. When they had been designing weapons of mass distrution!!
18. John says:
15 Dec 2013 04:31:40 PM

Paul, there is no statute of limitations on murder.
19. daniel says:
8 Jan 2014 06:19:59 AM

ww2 is over think enough blood has been spilled already many many generations lost...
20. Brian says:
15 Jan 2014 07:36:29 PM

First, I understand many of the points by all. But has anyone thought that this man had no authority, he was a cook. What do you think would have happened to him if he said I am protesting the actions here and I refuse to cook anymore! The Germans were controlled by a maniac and by the time they knew what was going on it was to late. You can hunt down any and every senior officer, but a cook, it will not change anything.

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