A German court trying a 94-year-old ex-SS sergeant who served as an Auschwitz death camp guard has declined to hear evidence from an Auschwitz survivor who traveled from the U.S. The 88-year-old Joshua Kaufman hadn't been invited to testify but some of the Holocaust survivors and relatives who joined the trial as co-plaintiffs hoped he could tell the Detmold state court about how he had to remove corpses from gas chambers. However, the court already heard evidence about how victims died, news agency dpa reported. Presiding judge Anke Grudda said Friday: "No further evidence is needed. The court has no doubts on this aspect." Defendant Reinhold Hanning is charged with 170,000 counts of accessory to murder over allegations that as a guard he helped Auschwitz function.
A defense lawyer is calling for the acquittal of a 94-year-old former Auschwitz death camp guard being tried in Germany as an accessory to murder. In closing arguments Saturday, defense lawyer Johannes Salmen said the trial at the Detmold state court produced no evidence that Reinhold Hanning was directly involved in specific crimes, news agency dpa reported. He said Hanning never killed or beat anyone.
FILE - In this July 15, 2015 file photo 94-year-old former SS sergeant Oskar Groening looks up as he listens to the verdict of his trial at a court in Lueneburg, northern Germany. A German court has rejected the appeal of the former Auschwitz guard against serving his sentence on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. The Celle state court ruled Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, that Oskar Groening was good enough health to serve his four years in prison.
Powerful paintings by an Auschwitz death camp survivor - David Olère - are given to the camp memorial in Poland. A Polish-French Jew, David Olère, painted Auschwitz death camp scenes after surviving the horrors there. The Auschwitz Memorial in southern Poland has acquired 18 Olère paintings. Nazi Germany murdered about one million Jews and 100,000 non-Jews at the Auschwitz complex. Deported to the camp from Paris in 1943, Olère was forced into the Sonderkommando - a unit which collected corpses after gassing.