Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Ex-Auschwitz Guard Gets 4-Year Prison Sentence; Oskar Groening, 94,Guarded Prisoners' Holdings

Seventy years after the end of World War II, a guard who worked at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland was convicted in Germany today (July 15, 2015) on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder and given a four-year prison sentence, according to the USA Today website.

Oskar Groening, 94 -- nicknamed the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" -- may be one of the last people to face trial in Germany for Nazi-era crimes. He trained as a bank clerk before joining Germany's SS (storm troopers) military unit as a soldier.

A judge in the northern German city of Lueneburg convicted Groening for his role at the camp following testimony that he presided over prisoners' belongings and collected their money before they were marched to their death in gas chambers.

Groening did not dispute the charges and admitted "moral guilt" for the atrocities that allowed the Nazi regime to murder hundreds of thousands of Jews.

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