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'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' Dies Without Ever Serving Sentence

Oskar Gröning was tried and convicted of being an accessory to 300K murders

(Newser) - A Nazi serviceman dubbed the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" for his role as an accountant at the death camp has died without ever serving out the sentence he received upon being convicted as an accessory to 300,000 murders. Oskar Gröning was 96 when he died Friday at a... More »

Auschwitz Guard Makes Plea to Avoid Prison

Oskar Groening says he's too frail at age 96

(Newser) - A former Auschwitz death camp guard has submitted a fresh request for clemency in a bid to avoid serving his sentence for accessory to murder. German news agency dpa reported Thursday that officials say former SS sergeant Oskar Groening has asked Lower Saxony's justice minister to spare him from... More »

I Asked the Nazis to Kill Me. Then My Ordeal Began

Holocaust survivor Edith Fox finally tells her story

(Newser) - Edith Fox says she's "afraid people are forgetting," which spurred the 90-year-old to do something she hasn't done in more than 70 years: recount her Holocaust story of survival. First appearing in the Arizona Daily Star in November, her account was on Saturday shared by the... More »

'Work of Art' Outside Auschwitz Lands 2 in Prison

The group stripped naked, killed a sheep

(Newser) - The Auschwitz museum called the March incident "outrageous and unacceptable." It turned out to be worthy of punishment, too. A dozen people who showed up naked outside its gates, chained themselves to each other, and slaughtered a sheep—allegedly as a protest against the war in Ukraine—were... More »

'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' Must Go to Prison

Appeal of 96-year-old Oskar Groening is denied

(Newser) - German authorities have rejected a former Auschwitz death camp guard's bid for clemency, removing the final barrier to the 96-year-old serving his sentence for accessory to murder. Prosecutors rejected former SS sergeant Oskar Groening's clemency request filed earlier this week, per the AP . Groening had been known as... More »

Panel Reveals Chilling Details From Camps in N. Korea

One judge who survived Auschwitz says conditions are just as bad, if not worse

(Newser) - Three international judges have been digging into conditions at North Korea's infamous labor camps , and one of them gives a damning assessment to the Washington Post : "I believe that the conditions in the [North] Korean prison camps are as terrible, or even worse, than those I saw and... More »

Man Who Doubts Auschwitz's Gas Buys Emperor's WWII Memoir

Dr. Katsuya Takasu paid $275K for Japanese Emperor Hirohito's recollections

(Newser) - Japanese Emperor Hirohito's WWII memoir was expected to fetch as much as $150,000 at auction in New York Wednesday. It instead sold for $275,000, but the sale price is potentially less interesting than the buyer: Dr. Katsuya Takasu, a man the BBC describes as an accused Holocaust... More »

No More Selfies With Hitler: Museum Caves to Protests

Indonesian museum said visitors loved taking selfies with the Nazi leader

(Newser) - An Indonesian visual effects museum that encouraged visitors to take selfies with a waxwork of Hitler against a giant image of the Auschwitz extermination camp has removed the exhibit after protests, the AP reports. The De Mata Trick Eye Museum's marketing officer said the statue was removed Friday night... More »

He Buried a Letter at Auschwitz. Now We Know What It Says

Discovered in 1980, it was mostly illegible, but has now been restored

(Newser) - Auschwitz was liberated in January 1945; a couple of months before that, a Jewish prisoner secretly wrote a letter outlining the horrors he had witnessed, placed it in a thermos then a leather pouch, and buried it. Now, for the first time, Marcel Nadjari's words have been published in... More »

World's Oldest Man Dies at 113

Candymaker Yisrael Kristal was only member of his immediate family to survive Auschwitz

(Newser) - He survived Auschwitz, ran a confectionery business, and recently took over as the world's oldest man, per Guinness World Records. On Friday, Yisrael Kristal died in Haifa, Israel, at age 113, just one month shy of his 114th birthday, the BBC reports. Kristal, who was born in Poland, lost... More »

96-Year-Old Ex-Auschwitz Guard Ruled Fit for Prison

Oskar Groening was convicted of being an accessory to murder

(Newser) - German prosecutors say they consider a 96-year-old former Auschwitz death camp guard who was convicted as an accessory to murder fit to go to prison, the AP reports. Oskar Groening was convicted in July 2015 of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews and sentenced to four... More »

Auschwitz Items Are Going on Tour

Auschwitz museum is sending some if its items around Europe, US

(Newser) - An exhibit of some items from the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz are going on a tour of Europe and North America to bring its tragic truth about the Holocaust to a wider audience, the AP reports. The exhibit—called "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away"... More »

Granddaughter of Holocaust Survivors Lifts Auschwitz Items

For a college art project

(Newser) - People shouldn't need signage telling them not to take what they want out of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, but the Polish museum has them up anyway, the Guardian notes. Yet even those signs didn't stop an Israeli college student, whose own grandparents were Holocaust survivors, from lifting... More »

Internet Doesn't Like La. Pol's Auschwitz Gas Chamber Video

Auschwitz Memorial's Twitter account was especially irate at Rep. Clay Higgins

(Newser) - A video that went up on Lee Johnson Media's YouTube channel on Saturday is causing grief for the Louisiana congressman behind the footage. The Times-Picayune reports on Rep. Clay Higgin's perhaps ill-thought-out recording, a five-minute reel that he apparently thought would have more impact if he shot it... More »

How 1.3M Jews Are 'Missing' in the Holocaust

Recording names is a big focus as Israel marks its Holocaust Remembrance Day

(Newser) - It's an unforgettable number—6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust—but it's accompanied by a less known one: 4.7 million. The latter is the number of victims whose names we know thanks to the efforts the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial has made since 1954. And on... More »

Naked Protesters Kill Sheep at Auschwitz

11 detained after bizarre protest

(Newser) - A group of 11 young people from several countries was detained after a bizarre protest at the Auschwitz death camp Friday. The Auschwitz museum says the men and women stripped naked, slaughtered a sheep, and chained themselves together under the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate, the BBC reports. The... More »

He Survived 8 Concentration Camps During the Holocaust

Chaim Ferster died Monday at the age of 94

(Newser) - A man who survived eight Nazi concentration camps—including Auschwitz—died Monday night at the age of 94, the Manchester Evening News reports. According to the BBC , Chaim Ferster was taken from his home in Poland by the Nazis in 1943. He would go on to lose 30 relatives—including... More »

Names of 8.5K Who Ran Auschwitz Put Online

The hope is some of them can still be brought to justice

(Newser) - Historians in Poland have put online what they say is the most complete list of Nazi SS commanders and guards at the Auschwitz concentration camp in hopes that some of them can still be brought to justice. The state-run Institute of National Remembrance said Monday that the SS KL Auschwitz... More »

To Catch Nazis, Prosecutors Go 'Back in Time'

Virtual reality model shows Auschwitz circa 1940s

(Newser) - As World War II waned, Nazis were ordered to destroy evidence of the Final Solution at Auschwitz so that only a portion of the original camp remains today. That makes corroborating testimony of suspected war criminals difficult—but not impossible, thanks to virtual reality. Using original construction plans, period photographs,... More »

Holocaust Hero's Will Found in a Box

Jane Haining is called 'Scotland’s Schindler'

(Newser) - She was prisoner 79467 at Auschwitz, where she died in 1944. She was also "Scotland’s Schindler," and the sole Scot listed as "righteous among the nations" at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Israel. Now, a new window into the life of Jane Haining by way... More »

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