Bookkeeper of Auschwitz court case
When he was assigned to work at Auschwitz in 1942, Groening, the Bookkeeper of Auschwitz was 21 years old and by his own declaration a passionate Nazi.
At least 70 years have gone by considering that the abolition of the death camps and many of those connected have now passed away.
Around 70 Holocaust survivors and victims’ family members were certainly in court as Groening appeared.
Mr Groening, referred to as the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz”, was apparently in charge of counting banknotes seized from captives.
“You have to decide on my legal culpability,” he told the judges.
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Prosecutors in Lueneburg, northern Germany, also declare that he withheld victims’ suitcases away from new arrivals, to conceal the victims’ future.
“For me there’s no question that I share moral guilt … I ask for forgiveness,” he stated.
An one-time Bookkeeper of Auschwitz and Nazi death camp guard, the 93-year-old is accused of approximately 300,000 counts of accessory to murder.
When 137 trains transporting approximately 425,000 Jews arrived at Auschwitz from Hungary, he is being confronted by charges connected to a time period between May and July 1944.
Addressing the court, Groening replied he knew of the killings.
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Approximately 300,000 were delivered directly to the gas chambers, according to an 85-page indictment.
Auschwitz survivors and the families of people killed there packed into the courtroom for the prosecution of 93-year-old Oskar Groening – who could actually have likely come into contact with their relatives briefly just before they were killed.
They voiced their suffering, pride and obligation in encountering this ‘piece’ of the puzzle of genocide.