‘Bookkeeper of Auschwitz’ shouldn’t have been jailed, says Holocaust survivor

A Holocaust survivor criticised a German court for jailing a 94-year-old man dubbed the “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz” for four years for complicity in the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews.

Eva Mozes Kor, 81, who is one of 70 co-plaintiffs, said it would provide greater value to society if convicted Oskar Gröning “can lecture two to four times per month to German students”.

“Every time he lectures to a group of students, he will testify about it and will relive those experiences,” she said. “I don’t think it is an easy thing for him to deal with. In jail he doesn’t have to talk about it – he can just rot away.” Here’s the piece I wrote for the Daily Telegraph when I reported on the verdict.

© Melanie Hall 2017