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'Accountant of Auschwitz' to go on trial in Germany in April

BERLIN (AP) — A German court says a 93-year-old man dubbed the 'accountant of Auschwitz' will go on trial in April on allegations he was accessory to 300,000 murders as an SS guard at the Nazis' death camp.


The Lueneburg state court said Monday Oskar Groening's trial would open April 21.

Groening has openly talked about his time as a guard and says he witnessed atrocities but didn't commit any himself.

He's one of some 30 former Auschwitz guards against whom federal investigators in 2013 recommended that state prosecutors pursue charges.

Groening is accused of helping the Nazis economically, and supporting mass killings by processing the belongings stolen from camp victims.

More than 50 Holocaust survivors or victims' families have joined the case as co-plaintiffs and many are expected to attend the trial.

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-- (c) Associated Press 2015-02-03

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Quiet frankly: I am disgusted at the comments made by many of the Posters here ! ! ! 1. The Holocaust must NEVER be used in a humorous manner. 2. We're talking about the systematic murder of many mi

Are the trials being held in an old-folks home?

He was an accountant. First they came for the monsters and I said nothing because I wasn't a monster, then.........................etc, etc, etc...... now they're coming for the accountants. What's

What's the guy's age got to do with it? He was possibly just a helpless cog in the wheel, but a trial is the thing to decide that. If guilty, then his age should have no bearing, unless he's been incarcerated for decades and thus served some semblance of a sentence already.

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70 years too late. He's no doubt already enjoyed a full life.

He was an accountant.

First they came for the monsters and I said nothing because I wasn't a monster, then.........................etc, etc, etc...... now they're coming for the accountants.

What's next - the delivery boys ?

And why not?

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70 years too late. He's no doubt already enjoyed a full life.

He was an accountant.

First they came for the monsters and I said nothing because I wasn't a monster, then.........................etc, etc, etc...... now they're coming for the accountants.

What's next - the delivery boys ?

And why not?

Maybe one day they will turn their attention to some of the allied forces...

What?? You're suggesting the WWII allied forces who fought for world peace be tried for war crimes? OMG!

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Quiet frankly: I am disgusted at the comments made by many of the Posters here ! ! !

1. The Holocaust must NEVER be used in a humorous manner.

If this were true moderators and right-minded souls would be all over it in a heartbeat.

The Holocaust should NEVER be used for political or financial gain either. But it is. Humour is a less confrontational way to make a point than calling them liars and scammers, directly.

'I am Charlie'. Right?

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If I remember correctly Oskar Groening was interviewed in one of the many documentaries about Auschwitz, he was he says, a bookeeper nothing more, but had the opportunity to steal items of value from the 'Canada' sorting sheds where the goods were sorted and stored.

During one of the many checks by the overseeing body he was informed that his private locker would be searched and it was padlocked for searching the next day. He was able to force the locker away from the wall and remove the stolen items from the back of the locker then fix it back to the wall so got away with the crime when they searched his locker.

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70 years too late. He's no doubt already enjoyed a full life.

He was an accountant.

First they came for the monsters and I said nothing because I wasn't a monster, then.........................etc, etc, etc...... now they're coming for the accountants.

What's next - the delivery boys ?

And why not?

No problem with that.

Now, when are the Japanese war criminals who went unpunished, and in many cases untried, going to face the punishment they richly deserved. Nanking, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia - Chinese slaughtered at will, raped and mutilated. POW's mistreated, enslaved and deliberately worked to death. Routinely beaten and executed in retaliation for allied victories?

Now why was Germany punished, to a degree, whilst Japan wasn't?

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