Criminal element

Woman, 91, charged with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder

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Buildings at the Auschwitz concentration camp. (James Hill/The New York Times)

German prosecutors have accused a 91-year-old woman of working at the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944 and said they’ve charged her with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder. In keeping with privacy laws in Germany, the woman’s name has not been made public. Officials say she worked as a radio operator from April to July for the man who commanded the infamous Nazi death camp and is complicit in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Jews because she was instrumental in keeping the camp operating. Prosecutors are confident that there’s precedent to proceed with a trial against the woman. They point to a case in July in which a 94-year-old ex-Auschwitz guard was found guilty of 300,000 counts of accessory to murder and sentenced. Auschwitz was operated from 1940-1945 and 1.1 million prisoners died there.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.

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