91-Year-Old Woman Accused of Complicity In the Murders of Over 260,000 Jews

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Courts in the German city of Kiel are currently deciding whether or not to put a 91-year-old woman on trial for her role in the murders of over 260,000 Jews in 1944 at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

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In a report by Yahoo News, Kiel’s chief prosecutor, Heinz Dollel, said the unidentified Nazi—who worked in the camp as a telegraph officer—“was accused in connection with events between April to July 1944” during which “huge numbers of Hungarian Jews were murdered in the gas chambers.”

The courts will be “taking both the charges against her and her health into consideration.” With any luck, they will consider the “over 260,000” part most of all.

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As a Jew, I’m torn. On one hand, I had no family members die in the Holocaust (I’m a convert), so I really should just keep my effing mouth shut. On the other, I’ve shared many conversations with relatives of survivors and victims both, and with my own rabbi. Many of them have expressed that they have no interest or desire to see individuals like this - who were working at the camps as administrative employees, many as teenagers or very young adults, who may have been unaware of the larger scheme - prosecuted criminally.

I’m not sure how I feel about the whole thing. It’s hard to know who knew what and when. And of course, there is no statute of limitations on murder, much less genocide. But I suppose I come down on the side of “this is probably not a person we should be prosecuting,” IF I had to choose.