BERLIN (Nov. 17) — A former SS sergeant who worked unnoticed for
decades as a train-station manager was charged with 58 counts of murder
Tuesday after a student doing undergraduate research uncovered his
alleged involvement in a massacre of Jewish forced laborers.
of Vienna student Andreas Forster was working on a project about the
slaying in a forest near the Austrian village of Deutsch Schuetzen when
he stumbled across Adolf Storms’ name in witness testimony.
then obtained files from federal archives in Berlin that enabled him to
link the former sergeant to the massacre, his professor Walter
Manoschek told The Associated Press.
Manoschek visited Storms,
90, at his home in the city of Duisburg several times last year after
finding him in the phone book. The professor conducted about 12 hours
of interviews in which Storms repeatedly said that he does not remember
Forster and Manoschek notified authorities and
state prosecutors near Storms’ hometown in the industrial Ruhrgebiet
region of western Germany filed the charges against him Tuesday.
The last war almost anyone living can remember isn’t over yet.