NEW YORK – World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder welcomed today’s verdict by a court in Lüneburg, Germany which sentenced Oskar Gröning to four years in prison for his complicity in the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews in Auschwitz in 1944.
Lauder declared: “Albeit belatedly, justice has been done. Mr. Gröning was only a small cog in the Nazi 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 abetted.”
The WJC president 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 valuables from incoming Jews between May and July of 1944.
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