Thursday, April 23, 2015

Twentieth Century Identity and Class War

It's ironic; those who bleat about not victim-shaming or denialism are also the ones who promote anti-Semitism. Some are even holocaust deniers, and these should be directed to the following:
"'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' tells court he once spent 24 HOURS watching Jewish families separated to be either killed or used in medical experiments as he faces charges of accessory to 300,000 murders

Oskar Groening is being tried on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder

The former SS officer described how Jews were marched to gas chambers

One survivor, Eva Kor, told of her agony as her mother was ripped from her

"A former SS sergeant described how so many Jews were brought to the Auschwitz death camp at once that he was put on a 24-hour shift guarding the ramp where they disembarked from the trains.

He told in chilling detail how cattle cars full of Jews were brought to the Auschwitz death camp, the people stripped of their belongings and then most led directly into gas chambers.

Oskar Groening is being tried on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder, related to a period between May and July 1944 when around 425,000 Jews from Hungary were brought to the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex in Nazi-occupied Poland and most immediately gassed to death.

During that period, so many trains were arriving that often two would have to wait with closed doors as the first was 'processed,' Groening testified at the Lueneburg state court."
Class and identity war is not new; it has been done to death. It is marked by one salient feature: they are better than you and I are.


Steven Satak said...

What are they going to assign this guy? Life in prison? For being an 'accessory'? But ALL Germans were 'accessories' by that definition.

I believe justice should be served, but it seems to me all the actual perps are dead and now the Nazi hunters are just grasping at straws.

Stefani Monaghan said...

@Steven - my thoughts were similar. For justice to be served each of those 300,000 charges would need to be examined individually. To abandon that principle would damage justice for minimal gain. This guy is 93 years old and will be spending the few remaining months of his life in prison whether convicted on one count or all.

Instead of grabbing for headlines, pick a handful of charges for easy conviction, he goes to prison and our principles survive intact.