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November 17, 2014

Update on Oskar Groening, the SS guard at Auschwitz “who did’t kill with his hands, but was part of that killing machinery”

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 5:44 am

In a recent news article, which you can read in full here, I learned that “437,000 Hungarian Jews were deported to Auschwitz in the span of 57 days in the sping and early summer of 1944. They were murdeed at a rate of 3.5 Jews per minute, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so that by the end of the 57th day 300,000 of them were dead.”

Strangely, most of the survivors of the Holocaust, who are still alive today, are Hungarian Jews, who have written books about how they fooled the Nazis and escaped the gas chamber.

This quote is from the news article:

Judy Lysy is a Holocaust survivor [of Auschwitz] in Toronto. […] She is not among the co-plaintiffs in the Groening case since the charges against him, for German legal reasons, only cover the 57-day killing frenzy associated with the Jewish Hungarian deportees. […]

Ms. Lysy, a Slovakian Jew, was raised in pro-Nazi, Hungarian-occupied territory. She arrived in Auschwitz in April 1944. It was a sunny day. She was 16. […]

“We did not know where those people had gone for the first 10 days. And this was my arrival to Auschwitz. Oskar Groening didn’t kill with his hands. But he was part of that killing machinery.”

The news article goes on to explain that Ms. Lysy was given the job of a translator at Auschwitz.  She was also over the age of 15, so she would not have been sent to the gas chamber, in any case.

Child survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau after they were liberated

Child survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau after they were liberated (Click on photo to enlarge)

The photo above is used to illustrate the news story. Despite my many complaints about inappropriate photos being used to illustrate the Holocaust, once again a photo of children with chubby cheeks is used to illustrate a story about 300,000 Jews being gassed in 57 days.

Dead bodies found in Block 11 at the Auschwitz main camp

Dead bodies found in Block 11 at the Auschwitz main camp

The photo above, which shows dead bodies found in Block 11 in the main Auschwitz camp, would be an appropriate photo for this news story.

This quote is from the news story, cited above:

The accused is Oskar Groening, the so-called “bookkeeper” of Auschwitz, a former SS sergeant who sorted and counted monies stolen from the murdered Jews, occasionally couriering it to his Nazi overlords in Berlin. He also stood guard on the train platform in Auschwitz, as cattle cars delivered their doomed Jewish cargo. Doing so in the belief that, as he told DER SPIEGEL magazine in 2005, the destruction of the Jews was a “necessary thing.”

I previously blogged about Oskar Groening at https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/oskar-groening-another-93-year-old-auschwitz-guard-will-be-charged-with-accessory-to-murder/

I also wrote about Oskar Groening in this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/oskar-groening-was-grease-in-the-machine-of-mass-extermination-at-auschwitz/

It seems that Oskar Groening will now be put on trial under the ex-post-facto law known as “common plan.”  Under this concept, anyone who was there when the crime of killing Jews was perpetrated, is guilty of a crime.  There is no defense against the “common plan” law, so he will be automatically convicted and sent to prison for the rest of his life, or to a nursing home in Germany, where he will live out his days as a convicted war criminal.

The ruins of Krema III, one of the four gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The ruins of Krema III, one of the four gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau (Click on photo to enlarge)