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Introduction – Feb 10, 2021

Nazi hunters are certainly relentless in their pursuit of WWII war criminals but there is a strange double standard here.

As a correspondent here asked the other day, how many of the concentration camp kapos have been tried for their part in the Holocaust?

According to Wikipedia:

A kapo or prisoner functionary (German: Funktionshäftling) was a prisoner in a Nazi camp who was assigned by the SS guards to supervise forced labor or carry out administrative tasks.

In return the Kapos were given private rooms and certain privileges. As such they would have been complicit in the alleged Nazi crimes and the Kapos did indeed have a reputation for violence and brutality toward fellow prisoners.

Yet to the best of my knowledge only a dozen or so were ever tried and convicted of collaborating with the Nazis. Most were tried in the 1950s and those that were convicted were imprisoned, with an average sentence of around 17 months.

Why the relative leniency? Could it be because most of the concentration camp kapos were Jewish?

Meanwhile, the pursuit of accomplices of alleged Nazi criminals continues apace. The latest include a 100-year-old man and a 95-year-old woman, who served as a secretary at the Stutthof concentration camp, both of whom have been charged as accomplices in Nazi War Crimes. Ed.

Man, 100, accused of being an accessory to thousands of murders at Nazi camp

SKY NEWS – Feb 10, 2021

A 100-year-old man in Germany has been charged with 3,518 counts of being an accessory to murder over claims he was a member of the SS at a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War.

It is claimed the man, who cannot be named due to German laws, worked at the Sachsenhausen camp between 1942 and 1945 as an enlisted member of the Nazi’s paramilitary wing, investigators say.

The camp was set up in 1936 and it is thought more than 40,000 prisoners died there due to starvation, disease and planned SS-led killings.

He has been deemed fit enough to stand trial by prosecutors, despite his age, but it is believed there will be limits placed on how long he can sit in court during the day.

The case was handed to Cyrill Klement in 2019, as part of the special prosecutors’ office in Ludwugsburg that looks into historical Nazi-era war crimes.

It comes after prosecutors in the northern town of Itzehoe said it was bringing accessory to murder charges against a 95-year-old woman, who it was claimed worked as the secretary to the SS command at the Stutthof concentration camp.

Efraim Zuroff, a senior Nazi hunter for the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in California, said the latest cases are “vital reminders to the dangers of anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia”.

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