The Last Nazi Trials: The Case Of Auschwitz Guard Reinhold Hanning

The 94-year-old former SS guard was prosecuted more than 70 years after the Holocaust. Irene Weiss, an Auschwitz survivor, explains why she testified against him.

In 2016, Reinhold Hanning was convicted and sentenced to serve five years for facilitating the killing of at least 170,000 people. The presiding judge branded him a "willing and efficient henchman" in the Holocaust. Hanning appealed the judgment. He died in June, 2017, before a court could rule on his appeal and he could serve a prison sentence.


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(1) Karyn Posner-Mullen, July 16, 2018 1:51 AM

Not understanding the attotude of the woman with the baby

I was astounded by the young mother with her baby. Did no one ever tell her what Nazis and collaborators did to Jewish babies with their bayonets — in front of their mothers? Could she imagine herself in that situation as a Jewish mother with HER child in mortal danger? She seemed so bewildered by Henning’s situation and lacking in empathy. It saddened me greatly.

 

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