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German police arrest 93-year-old suspected of being Auschwitz guard

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The gates of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, Poland, circa 1965. The sign above reads "Arbieit Macht Frei," or "Work Makes You Free." German police on Monday arrested a 93-year-old man suspected of having been a guard at the camp.

German state police on Monday arrested a 93-year-old man suspected of being a former guard at the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust, the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

A news release did not name the suspect, in accordance with German law, but it said he had been arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to murder.

The suspect had served as a guard at the camp in Poland from the autumn of 1941 until its liberation in early 1945, the prosecutor's office said in the statement.

Following a search of the man’s apartment, the suspect was brought before a judge and was in investigative custody while an arraignment was being prepared, the statement said.

A spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office could not immediately be reached for comment.

According to German media reports, the prosecutor’s office had launched an investigation against the man in November 2012.

About 1.1 million people, including 960,000 Jews, died at Auschwitz, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.