Germany tries 92-year-old former Nazi for death of Dutch resistance fighter
HAGEN, GERMANY (AP) - Germany put a 92-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen SS on trial on Monday on charges that he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944.
Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now German, volunteered for the SS after the Nazis conquered the Netherlands in 1941. Bruins served as a member of the Sicherheitspolizei, or Security Police, in a unit looking for resistance fighters and Jews.
No pleas are made in the German legal system, and Bruins made no statement on Monday about the accusations against him. His attorney said Bruins would answer questions during the trial but not about the charges.
"Our tactic will definitely be to keep silent with regard to the charges," lawyer Klaus-Peter Kniffka said ahead of the trial.