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''Bookkeeper of Auschwitz'' Oskar Groening dies before starting sentence

13 March 2018, 10:44 | Devin Moran

96-year-old German "accountant of Auschwitz" dies before imprisonment

Convicted Nazi guard dubbed the 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' dies aged 96

Prison authorities have yet to provide Groening's death certificate.

Oskar Groening, the death camp guard known as the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz", died on Friday - before he was able to start his four-year prison sentence, according to multiple reports Monday.

The lawyer, Hans Holtermann, didn't immediately respond to a request for confirmation.

In an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel in 2005, Groening said he felt "nothing" when he saw Jews being taken to the gas chamber.

Oskar Groening was convicted in 2015 of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews at the Nazi concentration camp in occupied Poland during the Second World War.

The entrance to the infamous Auschwitz prison camp.

Convicted Nazi guard dubbed the 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' dies aged 96
Auschwitz bookkeeper dies before jail sentence

He had yet to begin his sentence.

During his trial, Groening acknowledged "moral guilt" but said it was up to the court to rule on his legal culpability.

At least 1.1 million people were killed in the camps at Auschwitz, the vast majority of them Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide, but also Poles, gay people, disabled people and other persecuted minorities.

Germany's constitutional court ruled in late December that he must serve out his sentence, rejecting defenders' argument that imprisonment at such an advanced age would violate his "right to life".

In 2011, former OH autoworker John Demjanjuk became the first person convicted in Germany exclusively for serving as a death camp guard without evidence of being involved in a specific killing. Most recently, his lawyers made one final bid for clemency, a decision on which still was pending.

In 2016, former SS sergeant Reinhold Hanning was convicted on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an Auschwitz guard. He was in hospital when he died and had yet to begin his sentence.






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