This Saturday February 20 Former guard at the Nazi concentration camp extradited from the United States to Germany. The man, now 95 years old, is suspected of “complicity in murder” during World War II and could, on the other side of the Rhine, be prosecuted by the German justice.
Friedrich Karl Berger left the US state of Tennessee on a medical plane before landing in the morning at Frankfurt airport in the center of the country. In good health, you can follow an interrogation and say you are ready to testify, but not right away, the Celle prosecutor said. Notice that the man, not being the subject of an arrest warrant, was able to go free.
Will it be judged? The chances of a lawsuit being opened remain slim, according to Attorney General Bernd Kolkmeier. The prosecutor had abandoned the proceeding against the nonagenarian last December. Due to lack of sufficient evidence, “probably not” there will be a new investigation unless Mr. Berger “makes a detailed confession,” he said.
The man maintains that he only obeyed orders
Friedrich Karl Berger had moved to Tennessee in 1959: for many years the German had lived there without anyone knowing. his past as a field guard. In 1950, after Nazi-era documents bearing his name were discovered on a sunken ship in the Baltic Sea, researchers set out to find him.
The American justice suspects him of having been an accessory to the death of prisoners while he was stationed between January and April 1945 in the concentration camp complex in Neuengamme, which is located southeast of Hamburg (north), and in one of its outer camps near Meppen, particularly during an evacuation operation in March 1945.
The defendant admitted to having been a guard at this camp., where 55,000 prisoners died during various interrogations in the United States. Nevertheless, had denied knowledge of ill-treatment or death among the detainees. Friedrich Karl Berger had stated that he had only obeyed orders.
In recent years, Germany has tried and convicted several former SS officers and extended to the camp guards the charge of complicity in murder. A greater severity of the German justice, although judged very late by the victims.