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Germany: Nazi guard must face 'responsibility' for 'murder machine' Auschwitz says lawyer01:40

Germany: Nazi guard must face 'responsibility' for 'murder machine' Auschwitz says lawyer

Germany, Lueneber
July 15, 2015 at 15:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

Cornelius Nestler, the plaintiff's lawyer in the Oskar Groening case, reiterated that those who co-operated in running Auschwitz must 'take responsibility' for helping 'a murder machine', speaking to press outside the court in Lueneber, Wednesday. Also outside the court stood Leon Schwarzbaum, an Auschwitz survivor, who recalled conditions in the camp, saying 'people on lived there for seven or eight weeks.'

Oskar Groening, a ninety four-year-old former SS sergeant who served at Auschwitz concentration camp, was convicted of being an accessory to the murder of at least 300,000 Jews by a German court. Groening, commonly known as 'the bookkeeper of Auschwitz', was sentenced to four years in prison. His lawyer, Hans Holtermann, said that he and his client had still not decided on whether or not to appeal the sentence.

His duties in the camp amounted to administrative work, counting the belongings confiscated from prisoners for example. The prosecution successfully argued that Groening's work helped run the camp efficiently, and thus facilitated the genocide.

Groening is expected to be one of the last Nazis to face trial, due to the advancing age of those involved. Only 43 out of the 6,500 SS members who worked in concentration camps have ever faced trial and prosecution. He, however, admitted he was aware of the use of gas chambers, an admission which was successfully used against him in the trial.

Over one million people, mostly eastern European Jews, died between 1940 and 1945 in the Auschwitz-Birkenau, located in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Germany: Nazi guard must face 'responsibility' for 'murder machine' Auschwitz says lawyer01:40
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Cornelius Nestler, the plaintiff's lawyer in the Oskar Groening case, reiterated that those who co-operated in running Auschwitz must 'take responsibility' for helping 'a murder machine', speaking to press outside the court in Lueneber, Wednesday. Also outside the court stood Leon Schwarzbaum, an Auschwitz survivor, who recalled conditions in the camp, saying 'people on lived there for seven or eight weeks.'

Oskar Groening, a ninety four-year-old former SS sergeant who served at Auschwitz concentration camp, was convicted of being an accessory to the murder of at least 300,000 Jews by a German court. Groening, commonly known as 'the bookkeeper of Auschwitz', was sentenced to four years in prison. His lawyer, Hans Holtermann, said that he and his client had still not decided on whether or not to appeal the sentence.

His duties in the camp amounted to administrative work, counting the belongings confiscated from prisoners for example. The prosecution successfully argued that Groening's work helped run the camp efficiently, and thus facilitated the genocide.

Groening is expected to be one of the last Nazis to face trial, due to the advancing age of those involved. Only 43 out of the 6,500 SS members who worked in concentration camps have ever faced trial and prosecution. He, however, admitted he was aware of the use of gas chambers, an admission which was successfully used against him in the trial.

Over one million people, mostly eastern European Jews, died between 1940 and 1945 in the Auschwitz-Birkenau, located in Nazi-occupied Poland.

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