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Germany tries 92-year-old for Nazi war crime

  • Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi  Waffen SS, sits in the courtroom of the court in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German,  is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen SS, sits in the courtroom of the court in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German, is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

  • Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi  Waffen SS, sits in the courtroom of the court in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German,  is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen SS, sits in the courtroom of the court in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German, is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

  • Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi  Waffen SS, sits in the courtroom of the court in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German,  is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen SS, sits in the courtroom of the court in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German, is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

  • Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi  Waffen SS, sits in the courtroom of the court in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German,  is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen SS, sits in the courtroom of the court in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German, is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

  • Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi  Waffen SS, sits in the courtroom of the court in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German,  is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen SS, sits in the courtroom of the court in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German, is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

  • Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi  Waffen SS, sits in the courtroom of the court in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German,  is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen SS, sits in the courtroom of the court in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German, is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

  • Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi  Waffen SS,  stands in the courtroom  in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German,  is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen SS, stands in the courtroom in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German, is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

  • Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi  Waffen SS,  stands in the courtroom  in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German,  is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen SS, stands in the courtroom in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German, is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

  • Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi  Waffen SS, sits in the courtroom of the court in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German,  is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
  • Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi  Waffen SS, sits in the courtroom of the court in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German,  is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
  • Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi  Waffen SS, sits in the courtroom of the court in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German,  is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
  • Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi  Waffen SS, sits in the courtroom of the court in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German,  is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
  • Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi  Waffen SS, sits in the courtroom of the court in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German,  is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
  • Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi  Waffen SS, sits in the courtroom of the court in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German,  is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
  • Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi  Waffen SS,  stands in the courtroom  in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German,  is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
  • Siert Bruins , 92-year-old former member of the Nazi  Waffen SS,  stands in the courtroom  in Hagen, Germany, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German,  is on trial on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Bruins, who volunteered for the SS after the Nazis took the Netherlands in 1941, already served time in Germany in the 1980s after being found guilty in the wartime killing of two Dutch Jews.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Germany put a 92-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen SS on trial yesterday on charges that he killed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944.

Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now German, entered the Hagen state courtroom using a walker but appeared alert and attentive as the proceedings opened.

No pleas are made in the German system, and Bruins offered no statement. His attorney, Klaus-Peter Kniffka, said after the short 35-minute opening session that it was unlikely his client would ever address the court personally.

“I will probably deliver a defense declaration, but it depends upon the course of the trial,” he told reporters.

The trial comes amid a new phase of German Nazi-era investigations, with federal prosecutors this week expected to announce they are recommending the pursuit of possible charges against about 40 former Auschwitz guards.

The renewed probes of death camp guards come after the case of former Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk, who died last year while appealing his 2011 conviction for accessory to murder after allegations he served in Sobibor.

His case established that death camp guards could be convicted as accessories to murder, even if there was no specific evidence of atrocities against them.

Bruins, however, had long been on the radar of German legal authorities and already served time in the 1980s for his role in the wartime slaying of two Dutch Jews.

Bruins was also already convicted and sentenced to death in absentia in the Netherlands in 1949 in a case that involved the killing of the resistance fighter. The sentence was later commuted to life in prison, but attempts to extradite him were unsuccessful because he had obtained German citizenship through a policy instituted by Adolf Hitler to confer citizenship on foreigners who served the Nazi military.

Ulrich Sander, spokesman for an organization representing the victims of Nazi crimes, told the dpa news agency that the decision to bring Bruins to trial again, even at his advanced age, was a good one.

“We must make it clear for the future that such crimes are always prosecuted, that murderers never get away,” he said.

The CM covers this while the important stories go unreported that would help to educate THEIR LOW INFORMATION DEMOCRAT VOTERS / readers

Not sure who is sleeping on the job... but the Boston Bruins logo on this? really? Not sure the Bruins franchise would be happy to have their logo associated with a Nazi War Crime story.

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