‘Bookkeeper of Auschwitz,’ who admitted ‘moral guilt,’ convicted in German trial

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Oskar Groening, defendant and former Nazi SS officer dubbed the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz", was convicted of Holocaust crimes.  Photo by Axel Heimken courtesy of Reuters

Oskar Groening, defendant and former Nazi SS officer dubbed the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz", was convicted of Holocaust crimes. Photo by Axel Heimken courtesy of Reuters

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The 94-year-old man was convicted as accessory to the murder of 300,000 people and sentenced to four years in prison, in what could be one of the last big Holocaust trials.

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  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    In the United States, there is no statute of limitation for murder. This man deserves to be punished and Germany needs to remember it’s horrific past in not just one but two world wars. It cannot forget the past, EVER.

  • Jack

    All living Nazi war criminals must be brought to justice, regardless of age or condition….but it’s not quite fair to beat up on today’s Germans as though they’re not thoroughly on board with this.

    At least in western Germany, which was liberated and has been free since 1945, the German people have seemed very earnest about purging themselves from the evils of the past.

    In fact, my one criticism of them goes in the other direction…..they’re so sensitive about their militaristic past, they tilt too far toward pacifism in foreign policy. Since Germany’s now solidly a democracy, I would like to see it shake itself away from the guilt of its martial past and emerge as a stronger and more confident military ally of the Anglosphere — us, Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, etc. (After all, English came from German…..)

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  • Joe

    Just like we might not want Germany importing their morals on us, perhaps we should not be trying to export our morals to them.

    Germany is a vastly different country than it was in WWII.

    In fact living Holocaust survivors (the people who should decide his fate, not you and I), have said that he should be left alone.