Suspected Nazi Camp Guard Dies Aged 96 in Bavaria
© AP Photo / Markus SchreiberThe gate of the Sachsenhausen Nazi death camp with the phrase 'Arbeit macht frei' (work sets you free) stands open at the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in Oranienburg, about 30 kilometers, (18 miles) north of Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. The International Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp on Jan. 27, 1945.
© AP Photo / Markus Schreiber
BERLIN (Sputnik) - A man suspected of having served as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp, near the small Bavarian town of Flossenburg, has died at the age of 96, the state prosecutor said Friday.
Bavarian chief prosecutor Christian Haertl told the BR24 radio that the man died in September, bringing an investigation into his alleged role in prosecuting camp inmates to a premature close.
The suspect is believed to have arrived at the camp in January 1945, months before it was liberated by the Allies.
The investigation was opened in April to determine how long the suspect was employed at the camp. He was purportedly the last known guard from an elite SS unit posted to Flossenburg during World War II.