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SS 'accountant of Auschwitz' on trial in Germany on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder

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Hedy Bohm had just turned 16 when the Nazis packed her and her parents onto a cattle car in May 1944 and sent them from Hungary to the Auschwitz death camp in occupied Poland.

After three days and nights in darkness, crammed into the standing-room-only car with babies wailing, the doors were flung open. "An inferno," is how she remembers the scene she saw.

"The soldiers yelling at us, guns and rifles pointed at us," she recalled. "Big dogs barking at us held back on their leashes by the soldiers."

One of the black-uniformed men on the ramp was likely SS guard Oskar Groening. Today 93, he goes on trial Tuesday in a state court in the northern city of Lueneburg on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. Two of those deaths were Bohm's parents, who are believed to have been killed in the gas chambers immediately upon arrival in Auschwitz.

Groening's job was to deal with the belongings stolen from camp victims. Prosecutors allege among other things that he was charged with helping collect and tally money that was found, which has earned him the moniker "the accountant of Auschwitz" from the German media.



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 Lucy Barnable    3,757

I find this so sad and so wrong.

The man is 93 which means he was only 17 or 18 when he joined.

Now he's looking at a maximum sentence of 15 years.

It was war and bad things happen in war.

If every soldier (or military accountant) were prosecuted for following orders (or simply being there) we would not have a military at all.

Let the man spend his last years in peace.


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