Oskar Groening "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz''

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  1. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Trial date set for 'Auschwitz bookkeeper' Groening

    A former Nazi death camp guard will go on trial in Germany in April charged with at least 300,000 counts of accessory to murder.

    Oskar Groening, known as the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz", was allegedly responsible for counting banknotes confiscated from prisoners.

    The 93-year-old faces charges over 425,000 people sent to Auschwitz in Poland between May and July 1944.

    About 1.1 million people were murdered at the camp, most of them Jews.

    The trial will take place in the north German city of Lueneburg. Fifty-five survivors and victims' relatives are plaintiffs in the case, and many are likely to attend the trial.

    Prosecutors in Lueneburg allege that as well as counting money, Groening also hid victims' luggage away from new arrivals, to disguise the victims' fate.

    A statement from the prosecutors' office said that the former guard was aware that those deemed unfit to work at the camp "were murdered directly after their arrival".

    'I saw the gas chambers'
    Groening, who began work at Auschwitz aged 21, does not deny witnessing the mass killing at Auschwitz. In 2005 he told the BBC: "I saw the gas chambers. I saw the crematoria. I saw the open fires. I was on the ramp when the selections [for the gas chambers] took place.

    "I would like you to believe these atrocities happened - because I was there."

    Last week the world commemorated the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviet Red Army.

    Prosecutors in Hamburg are also investigating a 93-year-old woman suspected of having served as a Nazi SS guard at the Bergen-Belsen camp.

    Hilde Michnia (born Liesewicz), a resident of Hamburg, allegedly helped evacuate the Gross-Rosen camp as Allied forces approached, forcing prisoners on a march which killed around 1,400 of them.

    The investigation into Michnia's alleged involvement began after a private citizen filed a complaint against her, a spokesperson for the prosecution said.

    She denies the allegations. She told Germany's Die Welt newspaper on Sunday that she was not involved in any atrocities and only worked in the camps' kitchens.

    There have been renewed efforts to bring concentration camp guards to justice after a 2011 court ruling that allowed prosecutors to charge people with complicity in the Holocaust - not only those accused of mass murder.

    The ruling saw John Demjanjuk sentenced to five years in prison for involvement in the killing of Jews at the Sobibor camp, where he had served as a guard.

    About 1.1 million people, mostly European Jews, were killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau between 1940 and its liberation on 27 January 1945.
  2. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce

    A 93-year-old former Nazi SS guard, known as the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz", has admitted he is "morally" guilty. Oskar Groening spoke at the beginning of his trial for being an accessory to the murder of at least 300,000 Jews at the concentration camp.
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  3. Owen

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  4. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    He was one of many who were cogs in the genocide machine...many at a much higher level vanished into the nacht und nebel of war at its finish....like many, was a backroom boy in the service of the SS who ensured the business within the pyramid terror machine ran smoothly at his level.

    All booty from the extermination camps was deposited into the Max Heiliger bank account,the SS's cover name for its business account at the Reichsbank.The bank has been reported as having overflowing vaults from the possessions of the doomed....gold fillings from teeth of the gassed,diamonds,gold watches,gold bars,rings of all types,silverware,bracelets and cash.

    Dr Walther Funk,President of the Reichsbank,Minister of Economics and a Hitler sycophant, a member of the Nazi Party since 1931 was aware of the origin of this macabre booty or closed his eyes to the Max Heiliger transactions....given a life sentence at Nuremberg on three counts....some might say fortunate not to receive the death penalty...released on ground of ill health from Spandau in 1957,he died in May 1960.

    Funk had a leading economic role in structure of the Third Reich from 1938 and prior to that worked under Goebbels in propaganda and later headed the Reich Broadcasting Company...saw Hitler as the only man who could save Germany from bankruptcy or Bolshevism.

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