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