Holocaust survivor publicly forgives 93-year-old Auschwitz guard during his trial
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Kor, who was among many Jews medically experimented on at Auschwitz, has thanked Mr Gröning for answering to the crimes he aided during his time as an Auschwitz guard.
Kor is amongst a number of Auschwitz survivors attending the trial who have joined the prosecutors as co-plaintiffs in the case against Mr Gröning. While Kor has forgiven Mr Gröning, she still holds him liable for his involvement during, as she did last week when she testified against him. Other survivors have recently spoken out about the trial; survivor Eva Pusztai-Fahidi said on Tuesday the trial itself against a former SS guard matters more than the end punishment.
During the first day of Mr Gröning's trial, he denied any direct role in the killings, though he did admit to having witnessed them. Mr Gröning said he shared "moral guilt" for the crimes, regardless of whether his actions make him criminally guilty.
The prosecutors have argued that serving as a concentration camp guard is legally accessory to the act of murder. Mr Gröning is reportedly one of three remaining former SS guards that have been identified for trial. If found guilty, the former SS Guard could reportedly face up to fifteen years in prison.
- AP. "Auschwitz survivor says trial of ex-Nazi guard is ‘a kind of satisfaction’" — , April 28, 2015
- Dominique Mosbergen. "Former Nazi Guard Oskar Groening Kisses Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor During His Trial" — , April 27, 2015
- Sarah Kaplan. "An Auschwitz survivor’s radical forgiveness as she hugs Nazi guard" — , April 27, 2015
- David Rising (AP). "Auschwitz guard tells court he shares moral guilt, witnessed how Jews were led to gas chambers" — , April 21, 2015