‘Bookkeeper of Auschwitz’ fights jail sentence in Germany

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A former Nazi SS camp guard who was convicted for his role in the deaths of 300,000 people at  Auschwitz has challenged his four-year prison term arguing that at the age of 96 it would violate his right to life, German media reported Tuesday.

On November 29, a German court ruled that Oskar Gröning, who was also known as the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz,” was healthy enough to serve his prison term and rejected his request for the sentence to be suspended. They also said that the prisons could handle his special needs.

Gröning, who acknowledged his “moral guilt” during the trial, worked as a bookkeeper at the camp, sorting money taken from prisoners, which he then shipped to superiors in Berlin.

His attorney Hans Holterman told German broadcaster NTV that an expert had concluded that Gröning was not fit to be in prison.

One of the last trials

Gröning was originally sentenced in 2015 but has not been incarcerated since then because of legal arguments concerning his health.

The case against Gröning is one of the last cases against a surviving member of the Nazi regime.

German authorities had earlier cleared Gröning after a number of criminal investigations that dated back to the 1970s.

However, the case against him was reopened after a landmark legal case in 2011 regarding prosecuting Nazis resulted in the conviction of former camp guard John Demjanjuk.

Gröning admitted that he had been an enthusiastic Nazi when he went to work at Auschwitz in 1942 at the age of 21.

 

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