Prosecutors have opened a file on 92-year-old female German concentration camp guard
They said the elderly woman from Chiemgau in Bavaria served at the Stutthof camp near Danzig – now Gdansk in Poland – where 60,000 inmates suffered and died.
Prosecutor spokesman Florian Weinzierl said that the investigation into her role in the camp was ongoing, but it is known she worked in the telephone exchange of the camp.
This would mean she transmitted and received orders about prisoner arrivals, departures and liquidations.
Germany's central Nazi war crimes unit handed the file on the woman – one of four former female camp guards in their sights – to prosecutors hoping she will be charged with assisting in mass murder.
Twenty eight elderly ex-SS guards, stationed in camps in Germany like Buchenwald and Belsen – the scene of the death of teenaged Holocaust diarist Anne Frank- are under investigation in total.
Personnel deployed at the camp of Mittelbau-Dora, which supplied slave labour for the V1 and V2 rocket programmes, are included in the 11th hour bid to bring justice to countless victims.
They said the elderly woman from Chiemgau in Bavaria served at the Stutthof camp near Danzig
Jens Rommel, the head of the Ludwigsburg-based Investigation of National Socialist Crimes authority, said that a Supreme Court ruling last year, which stated that lowly concentration camp personnel should be brought to account just as much as the guards of death camps like Auschwitz, paved the way for the new wave of investigations.
There were gas chambers in Auschwitz and Lublin, but also in other concentration camps
Germany built all its extermination camps in Nazi-occupied Poland. But the concentration camps inside the country were also terrible places of murder and torture. Several were equipped with gas chambers for killing groups of inmates.
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Files on 13 individuals have already been sent to relevant prosecutors across Germany who will have the final say if the men and women named within them should stand before a court for war crimes.
The concentration camps inside the Poland were also terrible places of murder and torture
Stefan Hoerdler, the head of the Mittelbau Dora concentration camp Memorial association, praised the new drive for justice, saying it isn't only the crimes at Auschwitz which need clearing up.
He added: "There were gas chambers in Auschwitz and Lublin, but also in other concentration camps like Stutthof, Sachsenhausen, Mauthausen or Ravensbrück. These have been used to kill people."
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The infamous German inscription reads 'Work Makes Free' at the main gate of the Auschwitz I extermination camp.
The infamous Belson concentration camp
He said there were "systematic" murders of Soviet POWs in Buchenwald and even sick people were routinely slaughtered.
A further 12 cases of alleged war crimes committed by Germans in the former Soviet Union are also open.
One of them concerns a 94-year-old former Wehrmacht sergeant from Magdeburg accused of murder in 30 Belarus civilians in 1944.
All of the latest suspects are in their 90s and it is unclear how many will make it into the dock.