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Germany: Holocaust victims speak following conviction of Auschwitz guard 03:04

Germany: Holocaust victims speak following conviction of Auschwitz guard

Germany, Detmold
June 17, 2016 at 07:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

Several Auschwitz survivors gave a press conference after Reinhold Hanning, a 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served as an Auschwitz guard, was convicted of participating in the murder of at least 170,000 after his trial in Detmold on Friday.

"I'd like to say how grateful and pleased I am to be here at this momentous day when justice finally, after 70 years, was done. That Mr. Hanning didn't know the right thing to do 70 years ago. He didn't know it now either," Hedy Bohm, whose parents were killed in Auschwitz said, before adding: "He will have to live with that to the end of his life."

Bohm continued: "A murder finally got some justice, acknowledgement against those who say even today that this has never happened, that my murdered mother and farther now perhaps can rest in peace. I thank the judges for the verdict."

However, Reinhold Hanning's lawyer, Andreas Scharmer, said that his "client won't go the jail because of his age." "And it will take another year if the high court in Karlsruhe has to decide if that is correct. So we have to wait," he added.

Hanning was sentenced to five years in jail for facilitating the slaughter at the Auschwitz extermination camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. Nevertheless, he will remain free while any appeals are heard. It is likely to be one of Germany's last Holocaust trials.

Germany: Holocaust victims speak following conviction of Auschwitz guard 03:04
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Several Auschwitz survivors gave a press conference after Reinhold Hanning, a 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served as an Auschwitz guard, was convicted of participating in the murder of at least 170,000 after his trial in Detmold on Friday.

"I'd like to say how grateful and pleased I am to be here at this momentous day when justice finally, after 70 years, was done. That Mr. Hanning didn't know the right thing to do 70 years ago. He didn't know it now either," Hedy Bohm, whose parents were killed in Auschwitz said, before adding: "He will have to live with that to the end of his life."

Bohm continued: "A murder finally got some justice, acknowledgement against those who say even today that this has never happened, that my murdered mother and farther now perhaps can rest in peace. I thank the judges for the verdict."

However, Reinhold Hanning's lawyer, Andreas Scharmer, said that his "client won't go the jail because of his age." "And it will take another year if the high court in Karlsruhe has to decide if that is correct. So we have to wait," he added.

Hanning was sentenced to five years in jail for facilitating the slaughter at the Auschwitz extermination camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. Nevertheless, he will remain free while any appeals are heard. It is likely to be one of Germany's last Holocaust trials.