Former Auschwitz guard to go on trial in Germany

Publié le par The Guardian

Former Auschwitz guard to go on trial in Germany

Oskar Gröning, 93, will be tried early next year on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder during stint at Nazi death camp.

Oskar Gröning, a former SS guard, was formerly known as ‘the accountant of Auschwitz’

Oskar Gröning, a former SS guard, was formerly known as ‘the accountant of Auschwitz’

A 93-year-old man charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp will go on trial early next year.

Lüneburg state court said on Tuesday its review of the prosecution’s case against Oskar Gröning determined there was enough evidence to proceed with the trial. The starting date has not been announced.

Gröning has openly talked about his time as a guard and says he witnessed atrocities but did not commit any crimes himself.

Prosecutors say Gröning helped the Nazi regime benefit economically and supported systematic killings in his job by dealing with the belongings stolen from camp victims.

Nearly 50 Holocaust survivors or victims’ families have joined the case as co-plaintiffs.

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