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Germany Reopens Nazi Investigations

German authorities have reopened the case files on hundreds of former Nazi death-camp guards, who now can be charged under the precedent set by the conviction of John Demjanjuk. A 91-year-old former guard at Sobibor in Poland, Demjanjuk was deported from the U.S. to Germany in 2009 and convicted of 28,060 counts of accessory to murder—the first time prosecutors have won a guilty sentence for Nazi-era crimes without direct evidence of participation in a specific killing. Demjanjuk is appealing the verdict, but given the age of the suspects, Germany does not plan to wait to reopen the investigations.

October 5, 2011 6:31 AM