Former Auschwitz bookkeeper says he can only ask God for forgiveness

By REUTERS
July 1, 2015 18:34

LUENEBURG, Germany - A former bookkeeper at Auschwitz who is accused of assisting in the mass murder of at least 300,000 people told a German court on Wednesday he could only ask God to forgive him as he was not entitled to ask this of victims of the Holocaust.

Oskar Groening, 94, did not kill anyone himself while working as a clerk at the notorious Nazi death camp but prosecutors say his role made him a part of the machinery that allowed the systematic killing to take place.

"I can only ask my Lord God for forgiveness," Groening said in a statement read out by one of his lawyers at what is likely to be one of the last big Holocaust trials in Germany.

In April, on his first day in court, Groening said he felt morally guilty for his work at Auschwitz but that it was up to the court to decide whether he was legally guilty.


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