US prosecutor Brian Benczkowski stated in March 2020 that the man was “part of the machine of oppression of the SS.” In the justification for the extradition from the USA to Germany, it was stated that Jews, Poles, Russians, Danes, Dutch, French and political prisoners were interned in the concentration camp sub-camp under “cruel” conditions. They had to work “until exhaustion and death”.
There will be no trial in Germany?
“Spiegel” believes that Friedrich Karl B. will probably not be brought to justice by the German judiciary. Although he is questioned by the prosecutor’s office, the prosecutor informed in December that the proceedings had been discontinued due to insufficient evidence. “Spiegel”, citing information from the legal community, explains that the proceedings would only be reopened if new evidence appeared in the case. “He would have to blame himself when he testified. Nobody expects that,” concludes “Spiegel”.
KL Neuengamme was founded in 1938 as a sub-camp of KL Sachsenhausen. According to the KL Neuengamme Memorial Site, in 1940 it became an independent concentration camp and until 1945 it was the main concentration camp in northwestern Germany. It had over 85 sub-camps.
The prisoners were used as forced laborers in the war economy. Over 42 thousand people died in camps, during forced labor, death marches or the bombing of ships where prisoners were closed (during the British air raid on May 3, 1945, almost 7,000 prisoners were burned, drowned or shot while trying to rescue. About 450 people survived).
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