A look at prosecutions of Nazi suspects in Germany

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Posted: Nov 17, 2009 10:36 AM

A look at recent prosecutions of suspected Nazi war criminals in Germany.

_ November 2009: Prosecutors file charges against former SS Sgt. Adolf Storms on 58 counts of murder in connection with a massacre of Jewish forced laborers in Austria in 1945.

_ October 2009: Heinrich Boere, 87, goes on trial in Aachen charged with the World War II murders of three men in the Netherlands when he was a member of a Waffen SS death squad.

_ August 2009: Josef Scheungraber, a 90-year-old former officer in the Nazi army, is convicted of murder for ordering the massacre of 10 civilians in a 1944 reprisal killing in Italy; sentenced to life. Scheungraber has said he plans to appeal.

_ July 2009: John Demjanjuk, an 89-year-old retired auto worker deported from the U.S., is charged as an accessory to the murder of 27,900 people at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, where he is accused of serving as a guard. His trial starts in Munich on Nov. 30.

_ December 2005: A Munich court acquits an 88-year-old former Nazi commander, Ladislav Niznansky, of murder in three massacres in Slovakia at the end of the war, citing a lack of reliable evidence that he was involved in the killings.

_ February 2004: A court in Hagen halts the trial of Herbertus Bikker, an 88-year-old former SS member, on charges of killing a Dutch prisoner during World War II. He is ruled medically unfit to stand trial.

_ July 2002: Friedrich Engel, a 93-year-old former SS major, is convicted by a Hamburg court on 59 counts of murder for a 1944 massacre of Italian prisoners and given a suspended seven-year sentence. A federal court later quashes the conviction, citing doubts over whether the evidence was sufficient. Engel dies in 2006.

_ May 2001: Anton Malloth, an 89-year-old former guard at the Theresienstadt fortress in occupied Czechoslovakia, is sentenced to life in prison by a Munich court for beating and kicking a Jewish inmate to death in 1944. Malloth's appeal is rejected. He dies in 2002.

_ April 2001: Julius Viel, an 83-year-old former SS commander, is convicted of murdering seven Jewish prisoners from Theresienstadt in 1945. He is sentenced to 12 years in prison. Viel dies in 2002, with an appeal of the Ravensburg court's verdict pending.