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

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

His responsibilities included counting and sorting the money taken from prisoners, and he was in charge of the personal property of arriving prisoners.

A conviction for his crime, even if he had served his four-year sentence, could never feel proportionate justice for his actions.

The Lueneburg court concluded that although there was no evidence of involvement in a specific killing, Groening knew that Jews were being slaughtered at the German death camp and supported the killings through his actions.

But the 96-year-old also known as the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" has died before beginning his prison sentence. However, his lawyers asked for the sentence to be suspended on the basis of the defendant's advanced age. This was one of the last Holocaust-related court trials.

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After the war, he made a life in L√ľneburg Heath, Lower Saxony, Germany, and worked in a glass-making factory. "I share morally in the guilt but whether I am guilty under criminal law, you will have to decide". "I saw the open fires", he told the BBC in 2005.

Second, that despite Groening being "just" a bookmaker at Auschwitz, his role as an enabler of genocide was rightly recognised as enough to convict him for his part in the Holocaust.

Mr Groening's court case was seen as one of the last major cases related to the Holocaust, where some 6 million Jews were murdered by Adolf Hitler's regime.

Reacting to news of Groening's death this week, Efraim Zuroff, chief Nazi hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said it was "unfortunate, at least on a symbolic level" that Groening never served prison time. "Consequently these perpetrators don't deserve either".