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Auschwitz camp guard (93) dies before trial can begin

The entrance gate of the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp in Oswiecim, southern Poland. (AP Photo/Herbert Knosowski, File).

A 93-year-old German who worked as a guard at the Auschwitz death camp has died days before his trial was due to open.

Ernst T, whose full name was not given in keeping with German privacy rules, allegedly played a part in the deportation of prisoners from Nazi transit camps in Berlin, Drancy in occupied France and Westerbork in the occupied Netherlands.

Prosecutors say at least 1,075 prisoners were gassed to death shortly after arriving at Auschwitz.

The suspect allegedly was a member of the SS-Totenkopfsturmbann group and served as a guard in Auschwitz from November 1 1942 to June 25 1943.

The man was to go on trial next Wednesday at a court in Hanau, near Frankfurt, on charges of accessory to murder. The court confirmed his death on Thursday.

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