The oldest accused for Nazis Joseph Sitch, 101, was sentenced today to five years in prison for atrocities committed during the Holocaustwhen he was a guard in a German concentration camp.
This former Waffen NCO Ες-Ες found guilty of “synergy»The killing of 3,518 detainees while active, from 1942 to 1945, at the Sachsenhausen camp, north of Berlin.
“Mr Sitch, you have been active for about three years in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, where you were complicit in gang killingsSaid the chairman of the Brandenburg court, Udo Lechterman.
“You were aware of the fact that the prisoners there were being killed. By your presence, you “supported” these actions, he added.
«Anyone trying to escape from the camp was shot. “Thus, every guard of the camp took an active part in these killings,” he stressed.
The announcement of a heavy sentence, greater than the minimum sentence of three years in prison for complicity in murder provided by the German law, the accused remained expressionless.
«I’m ready“, Sitch had stated earlier when entering the courtroom in a wheelchair.
He did not express the slightest remorse
His lawyer had already announced that he would file an appeal in case his client’s sentence was severe, with the result that its implementation was postponed until the beginning of 2023. However, given the fragile state of health of Sits, the temporary detention which has been lifted since October, his imprisonment does not seem very probable.
During the approximately thirty hearings of the trial, Joseph Sitch never expressed the slightest remorse.
On the contrary, just yesterday he again denied any involvement, wondered “why he is here” and claimed that what is said about him “is all lies” as relayed by the Athens News Agency.
From its inauguration in 1936 until its liberation by the Soviets on April 22, 1945, some 200,000 prisoners, mostly Nazi political opponents, Jews and homosexuals, passed through the Sachsenhausen camp. Tens of thousands of them lost their lives, mainly victims of exhaustion due to forced labor and inhumane detention conditions.
Source: News Beast