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The ministers of justice and senators of justice of the Lands on their conference on June 17-18th 2015 in Stuttgart were all agreed

“that the “Central Office of the Land Judicial Authorities for Investigation of National Socialist Crimes” in Ludwigsburg will be continue running in its present form further on as long as there are prosecution tasks to fulfill.”

"A restriction of the investigations or even a dissolution of the Central Office is on the agenda neither now nor in the future", told the minister of justice of Baden-Württemberg on celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Central Office in December 2018.

In July 2015, the Regional Court of Luneburg has sentenced Oskar Gröning to four years in prison for accessory in the murder of 300,000 victims at the concentration camp Auschwitz without being able to proof his direct involvement in the killings. The German Federal Court of Justice has upheld Grönings’s conviction by decision of September 20th, 2016 (3 StR 49/16). By standing guard on the so-called ramp as well as by assuming his general duties, the SS-man has been a cog of the “murder machinery” and contributed to the system of mass murder.

Therefore, the Central Office is investigating who of the guards in Auschwitz and Majdanek, Buchenwald, Mauthausen, Ravensbrück, Sachsenhausen and other camps could be considered today as defendants. 

With an eye to the future, the ministers of justice in Stuttgart were of a particular opinion, that the Central Office and its location Ludwigsburg should be preserved after the end of the investigative work even with amended working conception as a place for remembrance, education and research e.g. as a Center for Documentation, Research and Information.

Decision of the conference of justice ministers of 17-18th June 2015 (in German)

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