A 94-year-old former guard at the infamous Auschwitz Concentration Camp went on trial Thursday (11) in Germany charged with being an accessory to the murder of thousands, a Court official in the German City of Detmold said.
Reinhold Hanning, a Former Nazi SS Guard, is accused of having assisted the deaths at the camp in Nazi-occupied Poland between 1943-4, the official said.
CNN affiliate RTL reports that Hanning faces charges of being an accessory in 170,000 murders.
Hanning, who appeared in court wearing a tweed jacket, has denied being directly involved in the killings, the Court official said.
Doctors have determined that he is fit to stand trial, but only for two-hours a day, on account of his age, said the official.
A number of Auschwitz survivors are set down to testify at the trial as joint plaintiffs, the official said. The Attorney General (AG) of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia is prosecuting the case.