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February 27, 2016

94-year-old Reinhold Henning is on trial for being a member of the Totenkopf [Death’s Head] division of the SS at Auschwitz

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — furtherglory @ 1:53 pm
Reinhold Henning hangs his head in shame

Reinhold Henning hangs his head in shame at his trial

DeathsHead

Death’s Head emblem worn by soldiers like Reinhold Henning is shown in the photo above.

You can read about the current trial of Reinhold Henning in this news article:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3466931/Auschwitz-guard-trial-helping-170-000-murders-hell-possible-says-survivor-born-inside-Nazi-death-camp.html#ixzz41PA8APdB

The following quote is from the news article:

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Angela Orosz Richt-Bein, 71, was born in Auschwitz before Christmas 1944

A Holocaust survivor [Angela Orosz Richt-Bein] who was born inside the Auschwitz concentration camp has said former SS guard Reinhold Hanning [Henning] ‘made hell possible’ during his trial for his alleged complicity in 170,000 killings.

Hanning, 94, was addressed by 71-year-old Angela Orosz Richt-Bein at the court in Detmold [Germany].

Angela Orosz Richt-Bein shows a photo of the wedding of her parents in the courtroom

Angela Orosz Richt-Bein shows photo of her parents wedding in the courtroom where Reinold Henning is on trial

[Angela said] “People like you, Mr Hanning, made the hell of Auschwitz possible. People who looked on and assisted without asking questions,’ she said, according to the Guardian.
Facing her former guard in the courtroom, the Holocaust survivor said: ‘You know what happened to all the people, you enabled their murder. Tell us! Tell us!’

[…]

The defendant, who sat in a wheelchair, declined to respond to Richt-Bein’s appeal. His lawyer said there would be [a] statement on behalf of her [his] client before Easter.

Hanning [Henning] was a member of the Totenkopf, Death’s Head division of the S.S at Auschwitz. [Oh well, if that is the case, he should spend the rest of his life in prison.]

A retired dairy farmer, the 94-year-old admitted that he had served in the Auschwitz I part of the camp but denied having spent any time working at the Auschwitz II-Birkenau section, where most of those who lost their lives were slaughtered [like pigs].

Last year, Oskar Groening, 94, known as the ‘bookkeeper of Auschwitz’ was sentenced to four years’ prison for his role in the murders of 300,000 Jews at Auschwitz in the late summer of 1944.

The defendant himself [Groening] recognised his ‘moral responsibility’ even as he denied ever killing anyone.

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17 Comments »

  1. “Facing her former guard in the courtroom, the Holocaust survivor said: ‘You know what happened to all the people, you enabled their murder. Tell us! Tell us!’”

    Bwa ha ha ha… What a pathetic circus!! What a hilarious comedy!!

    One could even believe that those ‘survivors’ testifying at recent mock trials have in fact been paid by neo-nazis to ridicule the Holohoax in various courtrooms.😉

    Comment by hermie — February 28, 2016 @ 7:57 am

  2. It is to point out that: 1, The SS had been an armed party-unit where men enlisted voluntarly and cannot be considered as soldiers. 2. The WAFFEN SS can be considered as an combat unit and the men enlisted at the beginning voluntarly and later compulsarly and can be considered as soldiers according to a statement by West German Defense Ministry iussed at end of the fifthies. 3. When this and his “comraded wore the SS uniform and “serving” in a Lager avoided the battlefront aged prisoniers had been sent at once in the Gas Chambers without any trial or so. 4. At any rate their statements ought to be considered as important evidences.

    Comment by Wolf Murmelstein — February 28, 2016 @ 7:53 am

    • One of my very first blog posts, 5 years ago when I started blogging, was about the SS: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/ss-soldiers-have-an-undeserved-bad-reputation/

      This quote from the blog post, cited above, is important: “At the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal, SS Lt. General Ernst Kaltenbrunner testified that there were 13 Stammlager (main concentration camps) in the Nazi camp system. One of these camps was Matzgau, located near Danzig; it was a camp where SS guards were imprisoned for offenses such as physical mistreatment of concentration camp prisoners, embezzlement, or theft. Yet tour guides at Dachau routinely tell visitors that the guards could do anything they wanted to with regard to abusing or killing the prisoners.”

      Comment by furtherglory — February 28, 2016 @ 8:50 am

      • FURTHERGLORY. 1. The SS at beginning had been the personal body guard of Hitler than becaming a special SA unit and later, after June 30 1934 the main armed party unit for Concentration Camp controll and political police tasks, 3. The Waffen SS had been set up about 1937 in order to enlist Ethnic Germans who, citizens of other states, could not join the Wehrmach but a Party Unit. 4. The SS had been trained to abusing prisoniers as a sign of bling obbeyance without any sentimental feeling. 5. The statement of Kaltenbrunner echoes a tale invented in order to be told the International Red Cross. Not only at Matzgau but also at Buchenwald there had been SS men imprisoned for disobbeyance to orders or because of internal rows. SS Col Koch had been first removed from Buchenwald to Lublin area and the put on trial and death sentenced for his contrasts with SS General Prince Wladeck Pyrmont. Will mail You copy of an article showing how SS men had been turned to become murders.
        With the raise on power of the Nazis Germany had been turned from a country of poets and thinkers in one of judges and hankers. You, as even many Jews, cannot realize what a deep rooted murder doctrine Nazism had been.

        Comment by Wolf Murmelstein — February 28, 2016 @ 9:34 am

      • “At the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal, SS Lt. General Ernst Kaltenbrunner testified that there were 13 Stammlager (main concentration camps) in the Nazi camp system. One of these camps was Matzgau, located near Danzig; it was a camp where SS guards were imprisoned for offenses such as physical mistreatment of concentration camp prisoners, embezzlement, or theft.”

        Kaltenbrunner testified about a lot of things – apparently he saw no evil, heard no evil, did no evil during his time in office. He was a high level Nazi with no power to do anything (apparently). A lot of the witness affidavits were from people who worked with him,or for him including Stroop.

        Here is his testimony – http://avalon.law.yale.edu/imt/04-12-46.asp.

        FG – the man was a liar trying to save his skin – why should we believe his statement that SS men were imprisoned for physical mistreatment of prisoners – more likely they were jailed embezzlement or theft. It was ok to kill the Jews, but not to steal their possessions from the state.

        Comment by srebrenica — February 28, 2016 @ 3:39 pm

        • Sebrenica wrote: “FG – the man was a liar trying to save his skin – why should we believe his statement that SS men were imprisoned for physical mistreatment of prisoners”

          What? You mean that testimonies, including the testimonies of high-ranking Nazis, have no intrinsic probative value? OK. Dully noted.

          Funny to see believers label the Nazi testimonies supporting their thesis as evidence and the Nazi testimonies going against it as BS and pathetic attempts to save their skins. Among the Nazis charged with the alleged extermination of Europe’s Jews, who managed to save their skins most effectively? The ones who sang the victors’ song in a courtroom or another? Or the ones who denied the victors’ narrative or a least any knowledge of it prior to the end of WW2 (i.e. the ones not providing the victors with food for their atrocity propaganda)? Of course, the victors of WW2 could not just release all their obedient court canaries without looking like fools and liars and scape goats like Höss were sacrificed on the altar of history distortion nevertheless, but generally-speaking most of the victors’ canaries went through the post-war judicial lynching parties quite unharmed, with symbolic penalties or even no penalties at all.

          Comment by hermie — February 29, 2016 @ 12:01 am

        • I blogged abut Kaltenbrunner and his testimony on this post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/the-testimony-of-dr-ernst-kaltenbrunner-at-the-nuremberg-imt/

          I believe that SS men were imprisoned for mistreating prisoners. There were SS men in the camp prison at Dachau when the camp was liberated. The guards in the camp left before the liberators arrived and the SS criminals were given the job of turning the camp over to the liberators. The Americans killed all of these SS men, which was a war crime, since they had surrendered, but no Americans were ever prosecuted for any wrong doing against the Germans.

          Comment by furtherglory — February 29, 2016 @ 6:22 am

          • furtherglory wrote: “The Americans killed all of these SS men, which was a war crime, since they had surrendered, but no Americans were ever prosecuted for any wrong doing against the Germans.”

            Perhaps we should just drop the hypocritical concept of war crime itself. The attempts to codify war in order to make wars less savage failed. Well-meaning but totally unrealistic and useless IMO. It’s said that ‘all is fair in love and war.’ Probably the most realistic and least hypocritical view about war in general. Just food for thought…

            Comment by hermie — February 29, 2016 @ 8:07 pm

  3. was born in Auschwitz

    I should add that it’s entirely fitting for such a farce that a woman born in the ‘death camp’, where allegedly those unfit for work (like heavily pregnant women perhaps?) were killed, is allowed to harangue the accused in court.

    Comment by eah — February 28, 2016 @ 3:19 am

    • Being born in Auschwitz was not unusual. I have written several blog posts about babies born in Auschwitz including this one: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/pregnant-at-auschwitz-the-story-of-miriam-rosenthal/

      and this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/holocaust-survivor-who-was-born-in-auschwitz/

      Comment by furtherglory — February 28, 2016 @ 6:40 am

      • I read your “holocaust survivor who was born in Auschwitz” blog, and couldn’t stop laughing;-

        “Ruth and Berta Reich, another prisoner who was nine months pregnant, were soon sent back to Auschwitz on another passenger train. Ruth gave birth to a baby girl at Auschwitz, but Dr. Mengele cruelly ordered her to bind her breasts and not to nurse her child because he wanted to see how long it would take for a baby to die without its mother’s milk.

        Mercifully, a woman dentist named Maca Steinberg, who was a prisoner at Auschwitz, obtained some morphine and gave it to Ruth so that she could inject her baby and end its life, after Ruth told her that Dr. Mengele was due to arrive the next morning to take Ruth and her child to the gas chamber.

        Berta Reich gave birth a few days later and immediately injected her baby with morphine, then told Dr. Mengele that her child had been stillborn.”

        You think these stories can’t get any worse, and yet there is no end to them! Do you think there’s a central committee of Talmudic rabbis and Zionist nutters who sit inside a synagogue somewhere in the heart of New York City who compose all this rubbish. They then hand out the completed scripts to elderly Jews and the feeble-minded so that they can go and tell their fabricated stories to the gullible media.

        Comment by Talbot — February 28, 2016 @ 7:30 am

        • Same thought processes, paid for journalists and money handlers that gave us, at roughly the same time, the swamp gas/abductee rubbish.

          Comment by thestoker — February 29, 2016 @ 12:17 am

  4. even as he denied ever killing anyone

    It was pointless for him to deny that, since that’s not why he was on trial.

    recognised his ‘moral responsibility’

    This was more the point — but it’s about more than just his moral responsibility — there is a large element of the German establishment that wants to prove its virtuousness, its moral fitness to lead, by orchestrating these show trials (the same is going on around these ‘refugees’).

    I have outlined the situation in several comments — you may see a rush of these proceedings until the BGH rules on the Gröning appeal — at that time, it is expected they will also rule on the validity of the Rechtsauffassung from the Demjanjuk trial that allowed the charge Beihilfe zum Mord without specific evidence — more grounded elements of the German legal establishment are probably embarrassed by these ridiculous spectacles — the BGH is likely to void Gröning’s conviction — then this will stop.

    Comment by eah — February 27, 2016 @ 9:59 pm

    • When World War II ended, all the German soldiers were war criminals: I wrote about this on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/DachauScrapbook/NaziPrison.html No Allied soldiers were war criminals no matter what crimes they had committed. The moral of this story is that it is a crime to lose a war.

      Comment by furtherglory — February 28, 2016 @ 6:49 am

      • furtherglory wrote: “The moral of this story is that it is a crime to lose a war.”

        British Field Marshal B. Montgomery reportedly said something similar after WW2.


        Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery is claimed to have said that to French commanders-in-chief in 1948.
        http://winstonsmithministryoftruth.blogspot.be/2011/12/monty-on-all-new-war-crimes.html?zx=abdb28791cb1da82

        Comment by hermie — February 28, 2016 @ 8:09 am

      • “The moral of this story is that it is a crime to lose a war.”

        Luckily the Nazi’s did lose the war. To the victor’s the spoils. You are wrong by stating that all German soldiers were war criminals. The SS was declared to be a criminal organisation. Membership of the SS therefore became a crime by default. The Wehrmacht was not declared a criminal organisation, even though the culpability of the Wehrmacht in assisting in genocide has been proved. Not all Waffen SS men killed Jews – overall they were probably the most effective fighting formation in the second world war. Unfortunately, the sins of a large minority damned them all. The way that the Allies covered up the crimes they committed (for example the behaviour of the Moroccans in Italy) was despicable; The difference is that Allied crimes (apart from the bombing of German cities) were tactical, the German crimes were state policy

        Comment by srebrenica — February 28, 2016 @ 4:05 pm

        • Srebrenica wrote: “even though the culpability of the Wehrmacht in assisting in genocide has been proved”

          Comment by hermie — February 29, 2016 @ 12:05 am


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