105 seconds

Former SS sergent Oskar Groening arrives for the judgement at the trial against him in in Lueneburg, Germany Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Groening, 94, who is accused of helping to operate the death camp Auschwitz between May and June 1944, has been convicted on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. The state court gave Groening a four-year sentence. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Former SS sergent Oskar Groening arrives for the judgement at the trial against him in in Lueneburg, Germany Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Groening, 94, who is accused of helping to operate the death camp Auschwitz between May and June 1944, has been convicted on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. The state court gave Groening a four-year sentence. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Oskar Groening, convicted of accessory to 300,000 murders and sentenced to four years. That’s 105 seconds per life.

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9 Responses to 105 seconds

  1. Interesting to find you wrote about this, because after reading about it, it truly made me take pause. Four years…and they’re counting on him at his ripe old age to quietly kick the bucket while in there. I’m sure every Jew in the world is thinking, mentally, he should have a 4000 year sentence. The whole thing is so wrong. With all my reading, I cannot read about the holocaust…can’t, even now, wrap my brain around such blatant cruelty. How can that man even exist conscience wise. How?

    • micklively says:

      I don’t know. There are so many explanations and theories for the holocaust. The pressure to conform and fear of the consequences of refusal must have been huge. But even Hitler ruled by consent: if enough had said no, it would have stopped.
      The worrying thing for me is I don’t believe we’ve learned anything. It has happened again so many times since and continues to do so.

      • I can never wrap my brain around how cruel people can be. Reading about POWs during the Second World War. The Japanese were horrible to the Americans. I mean, it’s shocking.

        • micklively says:

          It is shocking but be careful: it is so easy to label and nationality is a very convenient label. I’ve met many Japanese and Germans: they are pleasant, peace loving people. My guess is that they were in 1930s and 40s too. Ask yourself: what would it take to make the nice people around me act like that? It is “do-able”, even in the land of the free.
          Have you read (or seen) “The Railway Man”?

  2. It’s shameful 😦
    He should have got life

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