BERLIN, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Thirty former Auschwitz death camp guards should face prosecution for facilitating mass murder at the camp during World War Two, the German prosecutor's office said Tuesday.
Chief prosecutor Kurt Schirm said an investigation of 49 former guards had yielded enough evidence to press charges of accessory to murder. Thirty of the investigated former guards, the oldest at the age of 97, are currently living across Germany.
Schirm said the job of guards at the concentration camps Auschwitz-Birkenau makes them guilty of complicity in murder regardless of what they can be individually accused of.
The Auschwitz death camp was established in 1940. Over 1.1 million people were killed there, including Jews, Poles, Roma, and Soviet prisoners.
About 106,000 Nazi soldiers have been accused of war crimes and about 13,000 have been found guilty since the Nuremberg trials, according to Baden-Wuerttemberg state justice ministry that heads the investigation.
Sixty-eight years after Hitler's Third Reich collapsed, Germany is still reflecting on its dark history of Nazi era. Tuesday's announcement came as the latest German efforts to seek out and prosecute the last surviving Nazi war criminals and bring them to justice.
The announcement came one day after 92-year-old former SS officer Siert Bruins went on trial for murdering a Dutch resistance fighter about 70 years ago.
In 2011, former SS guard John Demjanjuk was found guilty of being an accessory to the murder of Jews and was sentenced to five years in jail. Demjanjuk's case set a precedent for trying all former camp guards purely on the ground that they had served as guards at a death camp without evidence of a specific crime or victim.