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German Nazi investigators identify some 20 former guards from death camp Majdanek still alive

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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2005 file picture watch towers and a barbed wire fence of the former Nazi death camp Majdanek outside the city of Lublin in eastern Poland are photographed. The head of Germany’s special prosecutors' office that investigates Nazi war crimes says the first phase of a probe of hundreds of former Majdanek death camp guards is nearly complete. Federal prosecutor Kurt Schrimm told reporters Tuesday May 20, 2014 his office was preparing to recommend within the next two weeks that state prosecutors pursue charges against multiple suspects. Schrimm’s office has no power to file charges itself. ( AP Photo / Czarek Sokolowski,file)The Associated Press

German investigators of Nazi war crimes say they have identified about 20 former guards from the Majdanek death camp who are still alive and may be guilty of accessory to murder.

Federal prosecutor Kurt Schrimm, told reporters Tuesday his special Nazi war crimes office is preparing to recommend that state prosecutors pursue charges against the suspects in the next two weeks. Schrimm's office has no power to file charges itself.

Lead investigator Thomas Will told The Associated Press that the suspects — men and women — all live in Germany, but that the probe of other former Majdanek guards is ongoing. About 1,000 possible suspects are being investigated overall.

The Nazis killed tens of thousands of Jews and others in Majdanek, on the outskirts of Lublin in occupied Poland.