Bordeaux Bay

Bordeaux Bay
Bordeaux Bay by Guernsey-based artist Tony Taylor

Monday, 13 July 2015


The trial has ended in Lunenburg of 94 year old Oskar Groening, the so-called "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz".
Groening was charged with complicity in the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews between May and June 1944.
He was found guilty earlier this month and the Prosecution is calling for a custodial sentence.
Because of the advanced age of those Germans who participated in the Holocaust, this is thought to be one of the last trials of its sort that will take place. 
Just over one million people, mostly European Jews, perished in Auschwitz camp between 1940 and 1945.


Beneath the surface of himself
he lives a life alternative:
a mole’s life, secretive, unseen,
black-suited, moving in blackness,
labyrinthine, blacker than black.

You would not think that as he smiles
his static, bureaucratic smile,
stands up, straightens his uniform,
opens his book, murmurs some spell,
that he’s consigning you to Hell.

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