Former Auschwitz guard, 93, charged with accessory to 300,000 murders in Germany


November 18, 2013 - FILE photo of a visitor walking between electric barbed-wired fences at the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial and former concentration camp . (REUTERS)

A 93-year-old man has been charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp, prosecutors said Monday.

Oskar Groening is accused of helping operate the death camp in occupied Poland between May and June 1944, when some 425,000 Jews from Hungary were brought there and at least 300,000 almost immediately gassed to death.

November 18, 2013 - FILE photo of a visitor walking between electric barbed-wired fences at the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial and former concentration camp . (REUTERS)
November 18, 2013 – FILE photo of a visitor walking between electric barbed-wired fences at the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial and former concentration camp . (REUTERS)

In his job dealing with the belongings stolen from camp victims, prosecutors said among other things he was charged with helping collect and tally money that was found.

“He helped the Nazi regime benefit economically, and supported the systematic killings,” state prosecutors in the city of Hannover said in a statement.

Groening’s attorney, Hans Holtermann, declined to comment on the charges.



Groening himself has openly talked about his time as a guard and said while he witnessed horrific atrocities, he didn’t commit any crimes himself.

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