Former SS sergeant at Auschwitz convicted
Oskar Groening (pictured), a 94-year-old former SS sergeant, was convicted today on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder and sentenced to four years in prison, Fox News reported. Many of those murdered were probably Hungarian.
The charges against the former SS sergeant date back to the period of May-July 1944, when hundreds of thousands of Jews from Hungary were reportedly brought to the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex in Nazi-occupied Poland, most of whom were immediately gassed to death, Fox News reports.
According to Fox News, Groening testified during his trial at the state court in Lueneburg, in northern Germany, that he guarded prisonersʼ baggage after they arrived at Auschwitz and collected money stolen from them. Prosecutors said that amounted to helping the death camp function, the portal added.
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