Convicted former Auschwitz guard dies in Germany at 95

FILE- In this June 17, 2016 file photo former SS sergeant Reinhold Hanning who served as a guard at Auschwitz sits in the courtroom in Detmold, Germany. (Bernd Thissen/Pool Photo via AP)

BERLIN (AP) – Reinhold Hanning, a former SS sergeant convicted of 170,000 counts of accessory to murder last year for serving as an Auschwitz guard, has died. He was 95.

His attorney Andreas Scharmer told The Associated Press Thursday that Hanning died May 30 but gave no further details.

Hanning was convicted last year and sentenced to five years in prison, though never served time behind bars as his case was still being appealed.

While there was no evidence he directly participated in killings at Auschwitz, he was convicted as an accessory for helping the death camp function in his capacity as a guard in a verdict hailed as an overdue victory for victims.

He told the court he was “ashamed that I saw injustice and never did anything about it.”

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6/1/2017 5:38:01 AM (GMT -4:00)

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