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March 13, 2014 - 9:29 am

No mercy.

German prosecutors have ruled that a 92-year-old former Auschwitz guard is fit to stand trial for being an accessory to the murder of tens of thousands of Jews sent to their deaths at the infamous Nazi extermination camp during the Second World War.

Oskar Groening, a former Nazi sergeant, admits serving at Auschwitz for two and a half years but he claims to have merely guarded doomed prisoners’ possessions at the camp and insists that he did not commit war crimes there.

However state prosecutors in Hanover announced on Thursday that they had completed an initial investigation against Groening and pronounced that he was fit to stand trial. He is likely to become the first former death camp guard to appear before a German court in decades.

Evil is still evil, even when it is presented in a doddering, grandfatherly package.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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Why not? Now that ALL other collaborators have been brought to justice for youthful actions...
24 weeks ago
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Groening was not any prison guard like in a civilian prison. He was a member of the Allegemeine Schutz-Staffel. He was not a draftee. He was not sent there against his will. Enlistment in the SS was not accomplished easily. He had to prove Aryan background back through several generations and prove devotion to the National Socialist Cause. He was employed full time by the SS-Wirtschafts-Verwaltungshauptamt which ran the concentration camps and while part-time Allegemeine SS personnel in other departments were subject to conscription into the military; he was not. Further he was a "SGT". There are 4 grades that can be translated into SGT, but such would require passing an SS NCO academy. Which requires proof of further Nazi indoctrination. One does not reach that point as an innocent youth. Additionally, his rank required that he supervise others in ensuring that they carried out the orders of the death camp properly.

From such a position, he cannot but have known of what was happening and enabled it. As such, he was a principle accessory to the crimes. And that assumes his alibi is true. Everybody in any paramilitary organization gets pulled for the scheisse details every so often. The trial will focus on what witnesses say he actually did in the camp. If it involved actual contact with the victims, he is guilty.

He literally may be one of the last people tried for charges of participating
in the Holocaust. Some wounds are not healed or forgiven by time.

n.b.: Not Jewish. My father's unit went the farthest east of any US unit in the ETO, and the last day of the war his company liberated the last concentration camp in German hands [a sub-camp of Mathausen]. He never talked about it, but when I was researching his military service I found a copy of a booklet his division published to prove what they had found at the camp, because they figured no one would believe it. I am proud of my father's service in the war, from France to Czechoslovakia, in no small part because he got his citizenship in Patton's Third Army. But I am especially proud of him having a hand in saving those people.

Subotai Bahadur
24 weeks ago
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It's been most of 70 years. When this man was sent to work as a guard, he was around 20. Auschwitz was a criminal enterprise, yes, but the ordinary perimeter guards and staff are not properly responsible for what happened there.
If this man can be tied to specific crimes -- beatings, rapes, killings -- well, perhaps reconciliation would be more valuable than justice. What happened there, though, didn't happen to me or mine and that makes reconciliation easier to recommend.
24 weeks ago
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Reconciliation is the province of individuals, not governments.

Governments are about justice.

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Evil is still evil, even when it is presented in a doddering, grandfatherly package.

Castro.
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