“Early on, through my father’s stories and my mother’s startling revelations of horror, I absorbed the knowledge that innocent children could be murdered and whole families and communities eradicated by forces beyond their control,” she added.
A statement from a group of Holocaust survivors and victims’ relatives said the pain of losing families at Auschwitz could not be alleviated by criminal proceedings or the words of the accused.
“But it gives us satisfaction that now the perpetrators cannot evade prosecution as long as they live,” the statement said.
The case revolved around the question of whether people who had played a minor role in the Nazi-ordered genocide but had not actively killed any Jews could still be guilty of a crime.
Cornelius Nestler, a lawyer for a group of plaintiffs, said the case demonstrated that Auschwitz as a whole was “a murder machinery”.
“Everyone who participated in it has to take responsibility for it,” he told Reuters news agency.
Who is Oskar Groening?
Born in 1921 in Lower Saxony, Germany
Joined the Hitler Youth and then the Waffen SS
Worked at Auschwitz from 1942, counting money confiscated from prisoners
Expressed regret and spoke openly of Auschwitz experiences, saying he wanted to counter Holocaust deniers