Ex-Auschwitz Guard Appeals Accessory to Murder Conviction

Barbed wires surround the cabins of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland. Auschwitz was a network of concentration and extermination camps built and operated in occupied Poland by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. It was the largest of the German concentration camps. January 27, 2014. Photo by Isaac Harari/FLASH90 *** Local Caption *** áéøëðàå ôåìéï àåùååéõ ùìâ äùåàä ùåàä îçðä äøéëåæ
Barbed wire surrounds the cabins of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland. (Isaac Harari/Flash90)

A German court says a 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served as an Auschwitz guard is appealing his conviction on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder.

The Detmold state court said in a statement Monday that Reinhold Hanning’s attorneys had both filed appeals of the June 17 verdict, as had lawyers representing nine Auschwitz survivors or their families as co-plaintiffs at the trial.

Further details were not immediately announced.

Hanning was found guilty of helping the death camp function in his service as a guard there from 1942 to 1944 and sentenced to five years in prison.

He’ll remain free, however, until the appeals process is complete.

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