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Letter: German bookkeeper perpetuated evil

"The accessories to the Holocaust" by Edna S. Friedberg was thought-provoking [Opinion, May 1]. The treatment of a 93-year-old man as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people may seem insensitive, but this is the last time a person who perpetuated evil can be held accountable.

Oskar Groening served as a money launderer, which meant he helped to finance the bureaucracy of genocide. Complicit actors must be prosecuted for their roles, which included robbing the victims before they were murdered.

The key to Berlin's genocidal aims was the ability to finance the crime against humanity known as the Holocaust. The stains of the blood on his hands should not be washed clean. There were too many innocent women and children, along with their husbands and fathers, whose lives literally went up in smoke.

Steven A. Ludsin, East Hampton

Editor's note: The writer was a member of the President's Commission on the Holocaust and the original U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council that created the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.