BERLIN – An Auschwitz survivor who lost 49 family members in the Holocaust says the fact that a 93-year-old former guard at the death camp is on trial is more important than any punishment.
Eva Pusztai-Fahidi, who lost relatives including her parents and sister, told the Lueneburg state court Tuesday that seeing former SS Sgt. Oskar Groening in court is “a kind of satisfaction,” the dpa news agency reported.
The 89-year-old says she could never have imagined she would be testifying before a German court and that “for me it’s not about the punishment.”
Groening is being tried on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder and faces a possible three to 15 years if convicted.
Prosecutors argue his role sorting prisoners’ stolen valuables, to which he admits, helped the death camp function.