Former Auschwitz Guard Dies Before Beginning Prison Sentence

Reinhold Hanning was sentenced last June to five years in prison in connection with the murder of 170,000 people at the Nazi concentration camp.
Former Auschwitz guard Reinhold Hanning apologized during his trial for failing to take action against the injustice he witnessed. / Friso Gentsch / Getty Images

A former SS guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp has died at the age of 95 before beginning his prison sentence for being an accessory to the murder of 170,000 people.

Reinhold Hanning's attorney confirmed the death to The Associated Press.

Last June, as we reported, a German court sentenced Hanning to five years in

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