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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?

 

7 Comments »

  1. The defence in these trials can bring in all of the current evidence which can stand the trial on its head. Yes bad things happened however the gouging that it is even illegal to criticize in Germany will have to come to a halt sooner or later. That is of course if Germany as a nation is to survive.

    Comment by anonymous — September 18, 2014 @ 8:59 am

    • Sorry, but you are wrong about “these trials can bring in all of the current evidence.”

      The only evidence that could save Oskar Groening is evidence that he was never at Auschwitz.The trials of old men that are now being conducted in Germany are based on the “common plan” law that was an ex-post-facto law made up by the Allies after the war.

      Under the “common plan” law, if he was anywhere near Auschwitz, in any capacity, he is guilty of killing the Jews who allegedly died while he was there. In this case, Groening was there when 300,000 of the 425,000 Hungarian Jews, who were transported to Auschwitz, arrived.

      I wrote about this on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/the-demjanjuk-principle-aka-common-plan-explained/

      Here is a quote from the blog post cited above:

      Begin quote:
      The legal precedent for these charges goes back to the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal where the German war criminals were prosecuted under a charge of participating in a “common plan,” or a “common design.”

      In his opening statement at the Nuremberg IMT, the American prosecutor Robert Jackson said this:

      “It is my purpose to open the case, particularly under Count One of the Indictment, and to deal with the Common Plan or Conspiracy to achieve ends possible only by resort to Crimes against Peace, War Crimes, and Crimes against Humanity. My emphasis will not be on individual barbarities and perversions which may have occurred independently of any central plan. One of the dangers ever present is that this Trial may be protracted by details of particular wrongs and that we will become lost in a “wilderness of single instances”. Nor will I now dwell on the activity of individual defendants except as it may contribute to exposition of the common plan.”
      End Quote

      Comment by furtherglory — September 18, 2014 @ 10:36 am

    • The trials of old men that are now being conducted in Germany are based on the “common plan” law…

      It is also virtually a canon of German law that Auschwitz was a “death camp” — these “trials” (a kind of modern “show trial”) are also based on that.

      The only evidence that could save Oskar Groening is evidence that he was never at Auschwitz.

      This is basically correct. If he was there, as an employee, and had anything at all to do with running or maintaining the camp (the “death camp”), then he will be found guilty — it is a foregone conclusion. You cannot dispute that Auschwitz was a “death camp”; if you do, you are violating German law — you can be accused of Holocaust Verleugnung, also perhaps Volksverhetzung (since disputing the Holocaust is also seen as ginning up hatred of the Jews). If you are, and you are put on trial, you will be found guilty — it is a foregone conclusion. You are not allowed to present any sort of evidence that the Holocaust did not happen, or did not happen as commonly believed — that is what you are on trial for!

      It’s crazy, but true.

      Some may find this David Irving video entertaining: Smear Campaigns to Stifle Truth in History. He talks about this own experience, also that of others, with running afoul of laws against ‘Holocaust denial’.

      Comment by eah — September 19, 2014 @ 12:57 am

  2. This item of news would have featured prominently on all the UK MSM media sites as the ideological war needs to be continued. However, the British MSM is in full gear at the moment as they have realised that tomorrow could mark the end of the British state;all press releases from the Holocaust Memorial Trust are on hold at the present. Here we have a lovely story of how Scots who favour independence are really Nazis ;

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2758593/Don-t-forget-won-war-Gordon-Brown-calls-older-Scots-tell-grandchildren-fought-English.html

    but mostly the press goes for the story of how Scotland will be doomed if they are independent;

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2758604/Sterling-plunged-abyss-Scotland-face-unprecedented-austerity-country-votes-Yes.html

    Comment by peter — September 17, 2014 @ 1:49 am

  3. That is not jewish revenge but a necessary procedure to secure any evidence that this individual can still grant about the facts of what occurred at Auschwitz-Birkenau. It seems useless to charge such a precious witness; I would rather ask him to tell what he still remembers.

    Comment by Wolf Murmelstein — September 16, 2014 @ 1:16 pm

    • This quote is from the news article: “Twenty Auschwitz survivors and their families are co-plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Groening. Many of the co-plaintiffs are among the last survivors of Auschwitz, according to the NY Daily News. ”

      I believe that the survivors and their families, who are co-plaintiffs, want revenge. They are not interested in the facts. If this 93 year-old man still remembers any of the “facts,” the survivors will claim that he is lying. In any case, it doesn’t matter what Groening remembers, since he is automatically guilty, regardless of what he says. There is no defense to the “Demjanjuk principle” also known as “common plan.”

      The purpose of this trial is not to learn the facts; the purpose is to torture an old man because he is German.

      I explained this in another blog post at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/former-auschwitz-guard-needs-to-be-brougt-to-trial-even-if-he-passes-away/

      Comment by furtherglory — September 16, 2014 @ 1:27 pm

      • For history it is important to learn that, according to Groening, there had been victims who tried a kind of resistance but were suddenly shot. Furthermore he stated to have watched how the victims had been taken into the gas chambers and some minutes later an SS man with mask threw in the Zyclon B and after a short time an SS man watched through a hole in the door. According European law systems a co-plantif is entitled to ask questions. As to Demjanjuk, in Israel he had been sentenced to not guilty but then had been sentenced in Germany to life in prison. Demjanjuk in his statement explained how they had been compelled to join the Ukranian Guards as the other choice had been starvation in the prisoner camp.

        Comment by Wolf Murmelstein — September 17, 2014 @ 12:15 am


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