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September 16, 2014

Oskar Groening, another 93-year-old Auschwitz guard, will be charged with accessory to murder

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 11:21 am

According to this website, “Oskar Groening, who served as an SS Guard at Auschwitz, was charged on Monday [Sept. 15, 2014] by Hanoverian prosecutors [in Germany] of helping to operate the [Auschwitz-Birkenau] death camp in occupied Poland between May and June 1944, when some 425,000 Jews from Hungary were taken there, and at least 300,000 almost immediately gassed to death.”

Note that Oskar Groening was charged with “helping to operate the death camp […] between May and June 1944, when some 425 Jews from Hungary were taken there…”

The reconstructed ruins of the "little white house" where Jews were gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The reconstructed ruins of the “little white house” where Jews were gassed at Auschwitz-Birkenau

I am familiar with the name Oskar Groening because I read about him when I first started studying the Holocaust.  I wrote about him on my scrapbookpages.com website after I visited Auschwitz in 2005 and took the photo above, which shows the reconstructed ruins of the little white house, which was used for gassing the Jews before the Krema II and Krema III gas chambers were built.

Oscar Groening, an SS man who worked at Auschwitz-Birkenau, said, many years ago, that the gassing of the Jews in the two farmhouses, known as Bunker 1 and Bunker 2, was done at night. As told by Laurence Rees in his book entitled “Auschwitz: A New Beginning”, Groening said that he had witnessed a gassing one night after he had been awakened by an alarm because a number of Jews had escaped as they were being marched to the gas chamber. Groening saw the lights on in one of the farm houses, and seven or eight bodies out in front of the building. He assumed that these were the escapees who had been caught and shot.

Groening was “overcome by curiosity,” according to Rees, and he and his comrades stayed around to watch what was going on at the farm house. They saw an SS man, wearing a gas mask, pour Zyklon-B pellets through a hatch in the side of the cottage wall. They heard screaming for a minute, followed by silence. Then an SS man went up to the door, and looked through a peephole to see if all the prisoners were dead.

Were these two small farmhouses, known as Bunker 1 and Bunker 2, being used to gas the Jews, or to disinfect the clothing of the Jews in an attempt to stop the spread of typhus.  There were two typhus epidemics at Auschwitz-Birkenau and Zyklon-B was being used to disinfect the clothing of the prisoners.

Before the construction of the four large gas chambers at Birkenau was finished in 1943, the gassing of the Jews allegedly took place in two old farmhouses, also known as “the little white house” and “the little red house.”

The little red house was located north of where the fourth gas chamber, called Krema V, was built. It was completely destroyed by the Nazis and nothing remains of it.

According to the True Believers, the little red house was the site of the first gassing of the Jews at Birkenau, beginning in March 1942. The little white house was put into operation as a gas chamber in June 1942. The two largest gas chambers at Birkenau were not finished until the spring of 1943.

The little white house was located just west of the Central Sauna, which was built in 1943 to house a shower room and numerous disinfection chambers used to kill lice in the clothing of the prisoners.

The ruins of the little white house have been preserved, as you can see in the photo above; you can see four black markers which tell visitors in four languages that this is the ruins of the little white house, called Bunker 2.

Bunker 1 and Bunker 2 were no longer used after the Central Sauna was built; chambers in the Central Sauna building were used to disinfect the clothing at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

It doesn’t matter whether Oscar Groening was involved in the gassing of the Jews at Auschwitz-Birkenau — he was there, so he is guilty as charged.

When will the Jews get enough Revenge for the Holocaust?