It is 11.45 a.m. in the gym, which has been converted into a courtroom, when the son of a resistance fighter from France told the painful story of his family.
But the accused concentration camp guard Josef S. (100) once again showed no signs of movement. As so often. He is charged with aiding and abetting murder in 3518 cases.
But Josef S. remains silent. He only said something about it once, colored in East Prussian: “I have never been to Sachsenhausen. Don’t know that, I don’t know that. “
Now presiding judge Udo Lechtermann (66) takes the floor to speak to Josef S. in conscience!
The judge: “Mr. S., you are silent on the charges. But once said they were never in Sachsenhausen. But they are in the files of the SS and the camp administration. ”Specifically: with name, place of birth and birthday. As a squad leader of an SS skull brigade.
The judge makes it clear: “Only one thing can be right, Mr. S.! If you are not the man in the documents, then it would be nice if you could tell us who you are, what you were doing during that time and where you were. Then we can check it out. “
Almost like a teacher to a stubborn pupil, the judge continues to talk to Josef S.: “But if you are Mr. S. the SS guard, then – well – you have to finally tell us. So that we can get close to the truth. That dictates decency and would be important for the witnesses and also a satisfaction for the victims. “
Among the victims are witnesses such as André Lassargue (78), who shortly before reported how his father Noel Lassargue was murdered in Sachsenhausen at the end of March 1943 at the age of 26. His father was a member of the “Resistance” against the Nazi occupation of France and was deported in 1942.
The Frenchman never got to know his father. He was born in Sachsenhausen four weeks before his murder. He says in court: “I’ve never had anyone to call papa. It is a pain that can never be healed. I don’t want revenge, but the perpetrators should be punished. Even now.”
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He shows a photo of his father. In addition to a wedding picture of his parents, everything that he has left of his father.
“Thank you for letting me tell the story of my father,” he says to judge Udo Lechtermann.
The judge advises the aged defendant to think about his words until next week: “If you were in the concentration camp as a security guard, then say: Yes, okay, I was there at the time and participated.”
He closes with a warning: “But we can’t and shouldn’t leave it here.”
The process will continue next Thursday.