Holocaust Trial

‘Auschwitz Bookkeeper’ Gets Four Years

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Oskar Gröning.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Germany is seeking to prosecute anyone still alive who was involved in the Nazi death machine, no matter how small a cog they were.

  • Facts


    • 94-year-old Oskar Gröning was found guilty on Wednesday after a four-month trial in Lüneberg.
    • He worked as a guard at Auschwitz from 1942 to 1944.
    • His four-year sentence could be commuted due to his poor health and the long delay in the prosecution.
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In 1942, at the age of 21, Oskar Gröning was posted to Auschwitz, where the young SS guard became part of the Nazi death machine.

On Wednesday, over 70 years later, he was found guilty of his involvement in the mass murder and sentenced to four years in prison.

It marks the conclusion of what may be one of the last Holocaust trials.

Mr. Gröning, known as the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz,” was found guilty of being an accessory to the murders of 300,000 people at the death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. A total of six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust.

The specific charges related to thousands of deported Hungarian Jews who were sent to the gas chambers in the summer of 1944.

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