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When the trial began, his lawyer kept a blue folder to hide his client’s face when he was brought to court in Neuruppin, near Berlin.

Some people interned in Sachsenhausen were murdered with Zyklon-B, the poison gas was also used in other extermination camps, where millions of Jews were killed in the Holocaust.

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Sachsenhausen housed predominantly political prisoners from all over Europe along with Soviet prisoners of war and some Jews.

“It’s a lot of emotion … I can not really speak,” said Antoine Grumbach, 79, before suddenly turning when he was overcome by tears. His father, a French resistance fighter, died in the camp.

Leon Schwarzbaum, 100, sat quietly waiting for the trial to begin in the courtroom, showing reporters a photo of him with his parents and uncle, who all died in Auschwitz.

Leon Schwarzbaum, a 100-year-old Holocaust survivor, shows a family photo as he speaks to media ahead of the trial of a former concentration camp guard.

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Prosecutors accuse Josef S. of “contributing to gruesome and insidious murders” by helping to “create and maintain life-threatening conditions in the camp.”

There have been a number of accusations against former concentration camp guards in recent years of crimes against World War II against humanity. Last week, a 96-year-old former camp secretary fled on the day her trial was due to begin, but was caught by police a few hours later.

A 2011 court ruling paved the way for these final prosecutions, which stated that even those who indirectly contributed to murder from the war, without pulling a trigger or giving an order, could bear criminal responsibility.

Sachsenhausen, opened in 1936 as one of the earliest Nazi concentration camps, served as a training camp for SS guards who then went to serve elsewhere, including in Auschwitz and Treblinka. Others killed in Sachsenhausen included Dutch resistance fighters and Nazi domestic policy opponents.

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