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Nazi War Criminal Oskar Groening’s Trial Delayed Again

Haven’t people waited long enough for whatever little justice can be had after the Holocaust?


Oskar Groening's trial 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz 1

The trial of the Nazi war criminal Oskar Groening has been delayed, again. A court in the German State of Lueneburg has decided that the 93 year old former Auschwitz guard is too ill for hearings to take more than a few hours a day and the judge canceled Wednesday’s session entirely after one was held on Tuesday.

The court also wants to be sure and hear all of the evidence against Groening and due to the short and infrequent sessions it has set a trial schedule which will last through November. So now people have been placed in the unenviable position of hoping that he stays alive long enough to see a verdict.

Talk about justice delayed. It has now been more than 70 years since Auschwitz was liberated and Germany surrendered to end World War II. So many of the perpetrators of the Holocaust were never brought to justice and the idea that just because he has escaped justice long enough to be so old that a trial is harmful to his health means that Groening might escape justice as well is just disgusting.

Why must he be given such consideration when people like him committed summary executions of concentration camp prisoners in addition to giving them brutal treatment and aiding in their mass murder.

The former SS sergeant has been charged with 3000, 000 counts of having been an accessory to murder for the slaughter of countless Jews committed at Auschwitz.

Groening told the judge in April, “I share morally in the guilt but whether I am guilty under criminal law, you will have to decide.”

So basically he confesses to being at least an accomplice to genocide but if he is not technically guilty under the law he should go free. Well after all, all he did was collect the belongings of the people brought to Auschwitz, gave them a value and kept track of how much money the Germans could get for all the loot that they stole from the millions of people who they murdered.

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