The preliminary investigations focus on documents not only from Germany, which help us to locate still living staff members of a camp, task forces or other units. In fact, available evidence rarely proves specific aiding and abetting of a particular murder, but it can merely prove participation in the system of mass murder.

This broad approach has also built the basis of the total of 124 proceedings against former members of the concentration camps Auschwitz, Lublin (Majdanek), Sachsenhausen, Ravensbrück, Buchenwald, Stutthof, Mauthausen, Neuengamme, Flossenbürg and Groß-Rosen, including 27 women, transferred to the public prosecutors since the verdict of the Munich II Regional Court against Ivan (John) Demjanjuk in May 2011 up to and including February 2021. In this regard, 13 charges were brought against the individuals, three of which resulted in convictions. If no charges have been brought, then in most of the cases because of incapacity to stand trial or death.

In addition to the concentration camps mentioned above, the Central Office also conducts investigations into the concentration camps Natzweiler, Dachau and Plaszow.

With a view to transferring the case-law on the criminal liability of aiding and abetting in concentration camps, in which phases of sysytematic murder were recognizible to the staff, to prisoner-of-war camps and Einsatzgruppen as well, the Central Office has recently started to reviewing new complexes. 

Another focal point of working is still the scrutiny of files at archives in the Russian Federation. After the political changes in the former Eastern bloc, the Central Office has gained access to the archive material, which had been kept there and had been inaccessible during the Cold War. Soon after German reunification, the Central Office got the order from the conference of ministers of justice to look through and to analyse the large “Nazi-Archive” of the ministry of national security (German: Ministerium für Staatssicherheit - MfS), access to which had been refused for so many years by the authorities of the German Democratic Republic.


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