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Germany probing Dachau Nazi concentration camp guard

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German prosecutors said Friday they are investigating whether to lay murder charges against an 87-year-old former concentration camp guard following a tip-off from the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center.

The Berlin pensioner, identified only as Horst P., told Germany's Bild newspaper that he served as a guard at the Dachau camp near Munich from late 1943 until April 1945.

The newspaper said the suspect had in an interview denied any killings but said that when he reported prisoners for breaking camp rules, "sometimes I would never see them again".

The daily also showed a collage of family photos on the wall of his apartment on which he had hand-written the words "Mein Kampf" (My Struggle), the title of Adolf Hitler's manifesto.

Berlin prosecutors confirmed they were looking into the case, without giving the full name of the man or any further details.

"We received the information from the Simon Wiesenthal Center and have launched an investigation on murder charges," a spokesman for Berlin prosecutors told AFP. "The investigation is ongoing."

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