A 91-year-old German has been charged with 260,000 counts of being an accessory to murder over allegations that she worked at Auschwitz.
According to the indictment from prosecutors in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein the accused was the personal radio operator of commandant Rudolph Hoess, who was hanged after the war for his crimes against humanity.
Her duty rosters show she was in his service from April until July 1944 and the indictment states “she was a helper in the systematic murder of the Jews transported there.”
The prosecutor said: “There is sufficient evidence against her.”
If she is judged medically fit to stand trial – numerous Auschwitz personnel have evaded prosecution in the past two years by pleading the dementia card – she will be tried at a court in Kiel.
In July this year the former SS guard Oskar Groening was sentenced to four years jail for his role in the extermination of 300,000 Hungarian Jews in 1944.
He has yet to spend a day behind bars because of his extreme age.
The woman’s name allegedly appeared on lists of Auschwitz subjects in the Seventies but no living witnesses could be found to testify against her.
The rules of prosecution of death camp guards changed with the conviction of John Demjanjuk in Germany four years ago.
The guard at the extermination centre of Vobibor, he was convicted of complicity in the mass murder of 30,000 Dutch Jews because his duty rosters proved he was in service there when they were murdered.
If the elderly woman is brought to trial she will be one of a handful of Nazi servants of evil to facer justice.
After the war the infamous Irma Greese if Auschwitz was hanged for her cruelties along with 21 other females of 60 indicted by the Allies.