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The court in the western German city of Detmold found 94-year-old Reinhold Hanning, who served in the camp in 1942-44, guilty of 170,000 counts of accessory to murder of prisoners.
Hanning admitted to knowing about the mass murder perpetrated at the camp and said that he was sorry, but insisted that he had not killed anyone personally.
He was sentenced on Friday.
Over 1.1 million people, mostly European Jews, as well as non-Jewish Poles, Roma and Sinti, Soviet POWs and people of many other nationalities, were killed at Auschwitz at the hands of Poland’s Nazi German occupiers during World War II.