SS Concentration Camp Guard Escapes Trial

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The slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” or Work Sets You Free sits atop the gate at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp

SS concentration camp guard Ernst Tremmel was 19 years old in 1942 when he was sent to work at Auschwitz. Tremmel’s task was to deal with the daily arrivals of prisoners. Set to go to trial for being an accessory to the murder of 1,075 people, Tremmel died just days before his trial was to open. Because of his advanced age of 93, Tremmel was to be charged as a juvenile rather than an adult. This year, Tremmel was one of four former SS concentration camp guards set to go on trial for their part as accessories to the mass murder of Jews and other people the Nazi’s deemed as undesirable.

The trial of Reinhold Hanning, 94, a former guard at Sachsenhausen and Auschwitz started on February 11 for his part in the 170,000 deaths that occurred while he was stationed in the camps.

Hubert Zafke, 95, a medic at Auschwitz charged for his part in 3,681 murders had his trial suspended a second time over poor health and it is unclear whether his is medically fit to stand trial.

Hilda Michia (Lisiewicz), 93, the only female of the group, was a guard at the Bergen-Belsen and Gross-Rosen camps and is set to go to trial later this year even though she denies any wrongdoings and fails to remember seeing anything bad happening in her service as a female SS camp guard.



These trials are a continuation of the 2014 efforts by the German government to bring fourteen former SS camp guards to justice 70 years after the end of WWII. These ongoing trials come on the heels of the 2015 trial of Oskar Gröning who worked in the accounting section of Auschwitz and was sentenced to four years in prison. Gröning lawyers are still deciding if they will appeal or not.

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