Holocaust investigators to recommend charging 20 former Majdanek guards

(JNS.org) Twenty living former guards of the Majdanek concentration camp have been identified by German investigators and may be charged with Nazi-era war crimes.

The Majdanek Holocaust death camp. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The suspects, including both men and women, all live in Germany. An investigation into a total of 1,000 possible suspects is ongoing. More than 200,000 people were killed in the Majdanek camp in Poland.

Federal prosecutor Kurt Schrimm told reporters Tuesday that authorities are preparing to recommend to state prosecutors that they pursue charges against the 10 suspects within the next two weeks, reported The Associated Press. The Central Office for the Investigation of National Socialist Crimes, which Schrimm has headed for 14 years, has no legal power to file charges itself.

Schrimm said his office's work is not complete. "We are not finished with Auschwitz. I am convinced that further names will come up from Auschwitz in the coming months," he said, Reuters reported.

Posted on May 21, 2014 .