‘Accountant of Auschwitz’ Recalls Hungering for Bacon as Hungarian Jews Brought to Birkenau
A former Nazi SS sergeant recalled hungering for bacon as trains from Hungary approached the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp where he was stationed, among other grim details, during a trial that could see him charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder.
“If this is Hungary, they have bacon on board,” the 93-year-old Oskar Groening recounted at his trial in the northern German city of Lueneburg.
He described scenes at the disembarkation ramps, where he was tasked with stealing incoming prisoners’ cash and sending it to Berlin. This earned him the nickname, the “Accountant of Auschwitz.”
Groening described how once so many trains were coming in he had to work a 24-hour shift. Greoning was mostly stationed at Auschwitz I but he also described the Birkenau ramp, saying it was “orderly and not as strenuous.”
Also on Thursday, Groening was confronted by a Holocaust survivor who lived through the horrors of Auschwitz.
When she was 10, Eva Kor was ripped away from her family at the gates of Auschwitz and sent with her twin sister to the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele for medical experiments.
“Did you know Josef Mengele?” Kor asked Groening. “Did you hear about his experiments?”
Outside the trial, Kor told reporters: “I’m going to take whatever confession he gives — it’s better than no confession. Maybe this is the best thing he has ever done in his life. Isn’t that sad?”