Oskar Gröning

Oskar Gröning

Ss Guard At Auschwitz Concentration Camp Who Spoke Out Against Holocaust Denial
Born 1921
Age 94
Hometown Lower Saxony
Nationality Germans

Oskar Gröning is a former German SS-Rottenführer at Auschwitz concentration camp. He was born in Lower Saxony. After his mother died when he was four, he received a strict upbringing from his father, a skilled textile worker. During his childhood, he joined various nationalist youth groups, including the Hitler Youth when the Nazis came to power in 1933, convinced that Nazism was advantageous to Germany.… Read More

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1921 Birth Born in 1921.
1929 8 Years Old His father, a proud nationalist, joined the Stahlhelm after Germany's defeat in World War I, and his anger at how Germany had been treated following the Treaty of Versailles increased as his textile business went bankrupt in 1929 due to insufficient capital. … Read More


1933 12 Years Old Gröning states that his childhood was one of "discipline, obedience" and "authority". He joined the Scharnhorst, the Stahlhelm's youth organization as a small boy in the 1930s, and later the Hitler Youth when the Nazis came to power in 1933. … Read More


1942 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Gröning worked as a bookkeeper for a year until 1942, when the SS ordered that desk jobs would be reserved for injured veterans, and that fit members in administrative roles were to be subjected to more challenging duties. … Read More
1944 23 Years Old Gröning's application to transfer to a unit on the front-line was successful, and in 1944 he joined an SS unit fighting in the Ardennes.
1945 24 Years Old He was wounded and sent to a field hospital before rejoining his unit, which eventually surrendered to the British on June 10, 1945. … Read More
1946 25 Years Old Gröning and the rest of his SS colleagues were imprisoned in an old Nazi concentration camp. He was later sent to England as a forced labourer in 1946 where he had a "very comfortable life". … Read More
1947 26 Years Old Gröning was released and returned to Germany in 1947 or 1948. … Read More
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