Ex-SS Guard Charged With 5,230 Counts of Accessory to Murder

Prosecutors in the northern city of Hamburg said Thursday that the 92-year-old suspect, whose name wasn't released, is accused of assisting in the 'malicious and cruel' killing of thousands

In this 1938 file photo Heinrich Himmler, second right, chief of secret police and Dr. Wilhelm Frick, right, and other leading members of the Nazi party march along Koenigliche Platz in Munich, southern Germany
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German prosecutors say they have charged a former Nazi concentration camp guard with 5,230 counts of accessory to murder.

Prosecutors in the northern city of Hamburg said Thursday that the 92-year-old suspect, whose name wasn't released, is accused of assisting in the "malicious and cruel" killing of mainly Jewish inmates through his work as a guard at the Stutthof concentration camp between August 1944 and April 1945.

Prosecutors said the man, who was aged 17-18 at the time, was "a little wheel in the machinery of murder" which saw thousands of people shot dead, poisoned or starved toward the end of World War II.

German daily Die Welt reported that the man acknowledged to investigators he was aware of the camp's gas chambers and saw bodies taken to the crematoriums.