Former Auschwitz guard Reinhold Hanning arrives for his trial at the court in Detmold, western Germany. (photo credit:AFP PHOTO)

JPost By: Reuters

 

Holocaust survivors, who detailed their horrific experience at the trial which opened in February, have pleaded with Reinhold Hanning to break his silence.

 

BERLIN- A 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard on trial in Germany over accusations that he was an accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 people is on Friday expected to have a statement read out by his lawyers in court.

 

Holocaust survivors, who detailed their horrific experience at the trial which opened in February, have pleaded with Reinhold Hanning to break his silence.

 

Hanning showed no emotion on the second day of his trial on Feb. 12 as three survivors spoke of the smell of burnt bodies and piles of corpses at Nazi Germany’s Auschwitz death camp.

 

He was heard only once in court in the western town of Detmold when asked how he was doing by judge Anke Grudda.

 

“Fine,” he replied.

 

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