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SS guard: 'We didn't expect Jews to live'.

Byline: DON MACKAY

FORMER Auschwitz guard Oskar Groening told his trial yesterday it was "unimaginable to think Jews would leave the camp alive".

Groening, 93, who is accused of being an accessory in the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews, said: "I don't know anyone, at that time, who didn't think like me."

The SS corporal, dubbed the Bookeeper of Auschwitz, is accused of supporting systematic killing and robbing those about to die.

He was impassive as survivor Max Eisen, 85, told the trial in Lueneburg, Germany, how he had just seconds to say goodbye to his father and uncle as they were led to the gas chamber.

Mr Eisen said his dad told him: "If you survive, tell the world what happened."

He added: "And that was it. I was an orphan."

The trial continues.

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Date:Apr 24, 2015
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