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European Jewish Congress welcomes Groening verdict

Dr Moshe Kantor, the president of the European Jewish Congress, which represents Jewish organisations in 40 countries said that he welcomed today’s verdict on Oskar Groening, "and the historic significance of the trial".

He also praised "the opportunity it provides for to educate a generation that is all too distant from the horrors of the Holocaust".

He added: "Although more than 70 years have passed since the liberation of the Nazi death camps, this trial reminds us that there is no statute of limitations for those responsible for Nazi horrors and of the real and present danger of intolerance and demonstrates the constant need to guard against anti-Semitism, racism and hate.”

Oskar Groening guilty: But what was his crime?

Oskar Groening, 94, the infamous "bookkeeper of Auschwitz", has been found guilty today in Germany of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews.

However, he didn't actually kill anyone. Instead, the case hinged on whether people who were cogs in the Nazi machinery were guilty of crimes. Today, the German justice system decided that he was.

Oskar Groening in court today Credit: RTV

During his time at Auschwitz, Groening's job was to collect the belongings of people arriving at the camp by train.

Groening, who was 21 and by his own admission an enthusiastic Nazi when he started work at the camp in 1942, inspected people's luggage, removing and counting any bank notes that were inside and sending them on to SS offices in Berlin, where they helped to fund the Nazi war effort.

The charges against him related to the period between May and July 1944 when 137 trains carrying roughly 425,000 Jews from Hungary arrived in Auschwitz. At least 300,000 of them were sent straight to the gas chambers, the indictment says.


'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' found guilty in Germany

Oskar Groening in court this month Credit: Philipp Schulze / DPA

Oskar Groening, the so-called "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" has been found guilty of being accessory to murder of 300,000 people.

A German court has sentenced the 94-year-old to four years in prison.

Groening did not kill anyone himself while working at the camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, but prosecutors argued that by sorting the bank notes from trainloads of arriving Jews he helped support the regime responsible for mass murder.

Greeks call German minister a 'Nazi' after debt deal

Many Greeks have reacted angrily to news of the deal agreed by eurozone leaders, with many directing their anger at the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and especially towards finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.

A poster depicting a defaced image of German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on the wall of a Eurobank branch in Athens. Credit: Reuters

Newspapers laced the morning's headlines with references to World War Two and railed against what they see as Berlin's attempts to humiliate Greece.

In particular, Greeks bristled at Schaeuble's proposal, which was not included in the final deal, for a temporary Greek exit from the euro zone, which many saw as tantamount to expulsion by stealth.

A poster depicting a defaced image of Schaeuble on the wall of a Eurobank branch in Athens highlighted the anger felt by some on the streets of Greece.

Woman and cyclist killed in drive-by shooting

A woman and a cyclist are among the people killed in a drive-by shooting in southern Germany.

Police said the attacker shot dead a woman from his silver Mercedes convertible in Leutershausen-Tiefenthal, near Ansbach.

He later shot a cyclist, who died at the scene, before fleeing.

A suspect has since been arrested.


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