At least eight suspected Nazi war criminals – the oldest aged nearly 100 years – still reside in Germany, according to the results of a recent investigation by national officials.
The head of Germany's main agency for investigating Nazi crimes, Jens Rommel, told dpa on Tuesday the suspects included four men and four women who worked in the German concentration camp Stutthof near Danzig in Poland.
It was not immediately clear if the eight were living in the open or had spent the last decades covering up allegations of their wartime activity.
Preliminary investigations involving thousands of cases of murder have now been submitted to various prosecutors' offices, according to the Ludwigsburg-based Central Office of the State Justice Administrations for the Investigation of National Socialist Crimes.
While the men worked as security guards, the women were employed in jobs such as typists and telephone operators at the camp, Rommel said.
The World Jewish Congress welcomed the move by the German authorities.
"Germany's commitment to identifying more former Nazi camp guards is encouraging," said World Jewish Congress President Ronald S Lauder.
"It is critical that all those who took part in the genocide of Jews and crimes against humanity are put on trial, irrespective of their age," said Lauder.
Investigators have in recent years turned their attention to tracking down those who might have held low-level positions in the network of Nazi camps.
The eight suspects were born between 1918 and 1927 and could now face charges of accessory to murder.
The Ludwigsburg-based investigators are still trying to locate additional suspects who worked in Nazi camps such as Bergen-Belsen and Neuengamme as well as Auschwitz and Majdanek.