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Germany will open an investigation into some 50 Nazi guards, now aged around 90, at the former Auschwitz death camp for complicity in murder, media reports said Saturday.
The office in charge of tracking down those who committed Nazi crimes will launch its probe within the coming weeks, regional newspapers of Germany's WAZ media group reported.
The Central Office for the Investigation of National Socialist Crimes, based in Ludwigsburg, southwest Germany was not immediately available for comment.
But quoting prosecutor Kurt Schrimm the papers said investigators had the suspects' names and addresses. All were living in Germany.
Schrimm has said that since the conviction in Germany in 2011 of Ukraine-born John Demjanjuk, a guard at the Sobibor death camp in occupied Poland, any function at a concentration camp would be punishable as accessory to murder.
Demjanjuk was sentenced to five years in prison as an accessory to the murder of more than 20,000 people and died in 2012.
Auschwitz-Birkenau was Nazi Germany's biggest death camp.