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April 18, 2015

Can the Jews ever get enough revenge? NO, NO, NO, a thousand times NO!

Filed under: Uncategorized — furtherglory @ 9:57 am

Read the latest news about the trial of Oskar Groening at http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/auschwitz-bookkeeper-oskar-groening-goes-trial-germany

Auschwitz-Birkenau in the winter 2005

The remains of Auschwitz-Birkenau in the winter of 2005

I previously wrote on my blog about the Jews still wanting REVENGE,  REVENGE, REVENGE for the Holocaust: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/can-the-jews-ever-get-enough-revenge-the-john-demjanjuk-story/

That blog post was about the John Demjanjuk  case. He is now dead, but  there is a new whipping boy for the Jews to hate: Oskar Groening.

According to a news article,  which you can read in full here,

Oskar Groening, 93, a former Nazi known as the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz”, [who] goes on trial in Germany next Tuesday, is likely one of the last SS members after most escaped justice.

Some 50 Auschwitz survivors will attend proceedings as co-plaintiffs or witnesses in the trial in the northern city of Lueneburg near Hamburg.
 
A German newspaper man posed three questions about the trial to writer Christoph Heubner, vice president of the International Auschwitz Committee, who will be in the courtroom during the upcoming trial.
Quoted below is one of the questions and Heubner’s answer:
Q: This could be the last Nazi war crimes trial in Germany. How has the German judicial system dealt with bringing to justice the perpetrators?
 
A: Miserably, it’s an ongoing scandal of postwar history. In Germany a total of 43 SS men have faced court, nine received life sentences, 25 were sent to prison, and the rest were acquitted. This is out of about 6,500 people from the SS concentration camps who were alive at the end of the war. You can see that only a tiny percentage ever faced prosecution.
 
The perpetrators essentially returned to the society they came from. They disappeared back into their old neighbourhoods. For many years no one cared about what they had done. For the survivors it’s a bitter fact that there was so little interest and so little was done in bringing the perpetrators to justice.
Oskar Groening is a “war  criminal” because he did not  save the Jews in the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
German writer Christoph  Huebner explained it in this quote:
[Groening]  has taken a number of steps. He is a special case. He has shared much of what he saw at Auschwitz as an eyewitness. But he hasn’t dared to take the next step, he has rejected admitting his complicity in running this death factory. “I saw it, but I did not make myself culpable,” he says.
 
A small cog in a large machinery of murder also plays a role in the murders, and the court will confront him with this guilt. Whether Mr Groening will ever see a prison from the inside, whether his health permits incarceration, is secondary. The important thing is that the trial takes place.
I have written several blog posts about the Oskar Groening  case:
https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/oskar-groening/
My 2007 photo of Auschwitz-Birkenau

My 2007 photo of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian Jews who were  sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau to be gassed in 1944

Hungarian Jews who were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau to be gassed in 1944