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February 2, 2015 4:02 pm

Auschwitz ‘Bookkeeper’ to Face Trial Over Holocaust Crimes in April

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The entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp, pictured here. A former guard at the Auschwitz death camp will go on trial on at least 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – Oskar Groening, a 93-year-old former guard at the Auschwitz death camp, will go on trial in Germany in April on at least 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. More than 425,000 people are estimated to have been deported to Auschwitz between May and July 1944, and at least 300,000 of them were murdered in the camp’s gas chambers.

Groening is known as the “bookkeeper” of Auschwitz. He counted the paper money collected from the luggage of camp prisoners and then passed the funds on to Nazi SS authorities, according to prosecutors. He also removed the luggage of previously delivered prisoners in order to hide the true nature of the camp from new arrivals.

Groening knew that the Jewish and other prisoners “were murdered directly after their arrival in the gas chambers of Auschwitz,” prosecutors said, ABC Newsreported.

“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,” Groening told the BBC in 2005.

Groening’s trial will take place in the northern German city of Lueneburg, with Holocaust survivors and survivors’ relatives as plaintiffs in the case.

Meanwhile, German authorities are also investigating 93-year-old Hilde Michnia (born Liesewicz) in Hamburg for allegedly serving as an SS guard at the Bergen Belsen death camp and for evacuating the camp prior to the arrival of Allied forces at the end of the war. The prisoners were forced to march, and at least 1,400 of them died along the way. Michnia denies these allegations and claims she only worked in the camp’s kitchens.

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  • Brenda Woolf

    The war was over 70 years ago, why are these people just now being brought to trial?

  • Henry Blmenstein

    I’m a survivor now 79 years old. I don’t have any quarrel with punishing Nazi criminals for their misbehavior during the Holocaust. I do disagree passionately with the little attention that has been given to supposed allies whose major crimes have been shielded from the public or have been trivialized when attention falls on their criminal behavior that they got away with. Here, specifically refer to the actions of the Roosevelt Administration as well as some of her close Allies. The model for discussing the Holocaust pictures a bad guy (Nazis) and the good guys (the allies). The plot is pretty typical I that the good nations fought very strongly to defeat the evil ones.
    What goes missing is that the good ones were perpetrators as evil as the overt ones. The evil that was done to the Jews during the Holocaust was supported in many very visible ways. No defense offered in spite of being aware that Hitler was openly, actively murdering the European Jews. Most European countries ignored Jewish pleas for offering safe havens. I lost my grandparents and mother to the Nazis while no one ever came to their defense. To make the situation even clearer, I am a survivor of the ship SS St. Louis.

    • I agree that the Allies overall did far too little to help victims of the Holocaust. As I discuss in my upcoming book, there were a few good people in the US Treasury Dept. who pushed FDR to create the War Refugee Board in 1944 and managed to save some lives. That agency should have been created sooner by FDR since, as you point out, he knew what was happening to the Jews and other persecuted groups.

  • P gaetti

    It is no good to say that this nazi monster is 93 years and too old while The nazis criminals themselves never cared in how old their victims were . No matter what age their victims were they all met the same end