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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 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 20th September 2016 (3 StR 49/16) which thus became final: By standing guard on the so-called ramp as well as by assuming his general duties, the former SS-guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp has been a cog of the “murder machinery” and contributed to the system of mass murder.
In June 2016, anothe guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp was sentenced by the Detmold Regional Court to five years imprisonment for aiding and abetting murder in at least 170,00 cases. The convicted man died during the ongoing appeal proceedings.
Most recently, in July 2020, the Hamburg Regional Court sentenced a guard at the Stutthof concentration camp to two years juvenile sentence on probation for aiding and abetting murder in 5,323 cases and for aiding and abetting attempted murder.

The Central Office's reviews of personnel in the concentrations camps have not yet been completed. Moreover, the focus is now also on the killings in prisoner-of-war camps and the transferability of the Federal Supreme Court's case-law to former members of the Einsatzgruppen is being examend, who, as mobile unitits of the security police and security service, cerried out planned massacres after the Invasion of German troops, especially in the Soviet Union.

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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