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Nazi War Criminal Oskar Groening Convicted, Sentenced to 4 Years

Oskar Groening's trial 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz 1

Oskar Groening, an admitted Nazi war criminal who served as a guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp was convicted of 300, 000 counts of accessory to murder by the state court in the northern German city of Lueneburg. He was sentenced to all of four years in prison.

4 years? Are they kidding? Yes he is 94 years old and not likely to live that long, but the court could have at least formally sentenced him to life.

So that’s 75, 000 murders per year in jail, or about 200 per day. That sounds like a bargain.

The man, by his own admission, eagerly joined the SS. It does not matter that he did not personally kill people and was just a clerk. People like him made the Holocaust possible. Ad they could never claim that they did not know what was going on in the camps.

Groening had recently admitted to having served as a bookkeeper at the concentration camp and in that role having been responsible for aiding in the mass murder of the Jews in the Holocaust. This put an end to a long running trial which had been delayed many times due to Groening’s poor health.

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  1. ScallywagNYC

    July 15, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    The obvious question is was Oskar Groening a willing participant in the atrocities? What were his options as a citizen and soldier of the Third Reich? His own incarceration, his own imminent death ? Or does none of this count because Groening was a willing and proud Nazi? 

    Raising the question was Groening morally compelled to resist his tasks as deemed of him by higher ups? And if so, at what cost to himself and what could one argue for the balance of other operatives who came to take part during WW2 atrocities? Or has one man’s sentencing become simply an act of political posturing …?

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