‘Bookkeeper of Auschwitz’ Trial Postponed as Accused Too Sick

LUENEBURG, Germany (TNS/dpa) -

The trial of Oskar Groening, the 93-year-old former SS member accused of assisting in the deaths of at least 300,000 people at the Nazi death camp Auschwitz, has been suspended because he is ill, the court said Wednesday.

Proceedings that were due to continue Thursday will not now take place after a court-appointed doctor determined Groening’s ability to participate in them was limited, a statement from the court in the northern town of Lueneberg said.

Further details were not given, but the court said it intended to continue with the main proceedings on May 26.

The court sittings have been reduced to less than three hours a day since last week because of Groening’s ill health.

Groening did not appear in court on May 7 owing to an infection and extreme debility after proceedings had been interrupted the previous day when he appeared very weak.