Oskar GröningOskar GröningLauder said: “Albeit belatedly, justice has been done. Mr. Gröning was only a small cog in the Nazis’ death machine, but without the actions of people like him, the mass murder of millions of Jews and others would not have been possible. It was the right decision to put him on trial despite his old age, and it was right that he was handed a jail sentence. He may have to spend the final years in confinement, but that is a small punishment for the unspeakable crimes he aided to commit.
Lauder added: “There must never be impunity or closure for those who were involved in mass murder and genocide, irrespective of their age, and we commend Germany for holding this trial. We urge authorities there – and in other European countries – not to relent in the quest for bringing the perpetrators of the biggest crime in the history of mankind to justice.”
Gröning, 94, has been dubbed the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz” for his role in collecting luggage and seizing cash and valuables from incoming Hungarian Jews between May and July of 1944. Gröning was trained bankteller before joining the SS.
The sentence handed to him by the court exceeded the three and a half years that state prosecutors had requested. Gröning’s lawyers had sought an acquittal.
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