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Ex-SS guard, 94, to testify at trial in Germany

A former guard charged with complicity in mass murder at a Nazi concentration camp will testify at his trial in Germany on Tuesday, making a rare statement in one of the last cases of its kind. The 94-year-old German from the western district of Borken, North Rhine-Westphalia state, served as a watchman from June 1942 to September 1944 at the Stutthof camp near what was then Danzig, now Gdansk in Poland. He was not publicly named but German media identified him as Johann R., a retired landscape architect and divorced father of three. His statement would mark a rare occasion for victims and their relatives to hear directly from the accused on the alleged crimes committed seven decades ago. At the opening of his trial last week, the defendant shed tears as he heard written testimony from Holocaust survivors who now live in the United States or Israel. The nonagenarian is charged with being an accessory to the murders of several hundred camp prisoners. These included more than 100 Polish

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