Secretary of Evil: True she is 96 and her alleged complicity in the horrors of Hitler’s death camps was 76 years ago. But IAN BIRRELL says justice must be served – however belatedly

Eighty years ago this weekend, a young SS recruit started working as a guard at Sachsenhausen, the concentration camp close to Berlin conceived by Nazi leaders as a potent symbol of their power.

His name was Josef. He was born in Lithuania, one of eight children in a farming family who had only attended school in the winter months. And he had answered the call for German-speaking peoples across Europe to join the fascist cause.

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