Oskar Groening, 93-Year-Old Former Auschwitz Guard Charged in 300,000 Accounts of Accessory to Murder
According to the Associated Press, a 93-year-old man, Oska Groening, has been charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp. On Monday, prosecutors stated that Groening is accused of aiding in the operation of the concentration camp situated in Poland between May and June 1944.
During that time around 425,000 Jews from Hungary were brought there and about 300,000 were immediately gassed to death. According to ABC News, prosecutors from the city of Hannover stated, “He helped the Nazi regime benefit economically, and supported the systematic killings.”
Groening lives in the Hannover, has spoken about this time in the Nazi death camps before. He has previously claimed that while he saw thousands of gruesome murders, he has never participated in executing any of them.
Groening is not alone. He is one of 30 former SS guards that have been charged under the new precedent in German law.
20 Auschwitz victims and their families are represented by Thomas Walther, who is fighting the case on their behalf against Oskar Groening. Walther states, “This is the families last chance to participate in bringing justice to one of the SS men who had a part in the murder of their closest relatives.”
Groening’s attorney, Hans Holtermann, declined to comment on the charges.
[via ABC News]