April 23, 2015 7:57 am
Updated: April 23, 2015 6:30 pm

Former SS guard: ‘couldn’t imagine’ Jews surviving Auschwitz


WATCH: A former guard at a notorious Nazi death camp is finally, at age 93, facing justice. Oskar Groening was a bookkeeper at Auschwitz. He’s described in chilling detail how Jews were brought to the death camp. Eric Sorensen has the story.

BERLIN – A former Auschwitz guard being tried on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder has testified that it was clear to him Jews were not expected to leave the camp in Nazi-occupied Poland alive.

“I couldn’t imagine that” happening, former SS Sgt. Oskar Groening told the Lueneburg state court on Thursday during the third day of his trial, the dpa news agency reported.

The 93-year-old’s answer came in response to a question from attorneys representing Auschwitz survivors who have joined the trial as co-plaintiffs, as allowed under German law.

Pleas are not entered in the German system. On the first day of his trial Tuesday, Groening acknowledged sharing in “moral guilt” but said the court will have to determine if he is legally guilty.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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