A German court has handed down a sentence to a 96-year old former Nazi SS officer for carrying out killings at a concentration camp in Poland.
The man, who has not yet been named, worked at the Majdanek Concentration Camp in the city of Lublin between August 1943 and January 1944.
The then-22 year old worked as a member of the fifth company of the SS Death's Head unit, which was responsible for administering concentration camps for the Third Reich.
According to Frankfurt-am-Main prosecutors, where the man now lives, he was tasked with “securing the camp and guarding the prisoners to be killed.”
“According to available information, the accused, as well as other SS members of the camp, knew about the cruelty of the organized mass killings,” continued the prosecutor’s statement, released Friday. “He should have known that people, who were fiercely opposed to their fate, were killed out of racial despicable motives.”
The man is specifically accused of being involved with “Operation Harvest Festival” which took place in November 1943.
That event saw some 18,000 Jews shot outside the camp, while music was played over loudspeakers to drown out the sounds of the mass murder, according to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM).
“He knowingly and willingly contributed to these insidious and cruel acts,” the prosecutions said.
The USHMM notes that the SS killed some 74,000 to 90,000 people in Majdanek. Some were shot, many killed in gas chambers.
The camp was liberated in July, 1944 by Soviet Red Army forces.