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‘Bookkeeper of Auschwitz’ sentenced to 4 years

(JNS.org) A German court has sentenced Oskar Groening, 94, who was known as the “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz,” to four years in prison. At his sentencing, German judge Franz Kompisch said Groening “is found guilty of accessory to murder in 300,000 legally connected cases.” A former Nazi SS officer, Groening sorted and counted money taken from those who were killed or used as slave labor at the Nazi death camp in Poland, before sending the money back to Berlin. During the sentencing, Groening expressed remorse for his role in the Holocaust, saying that he was “very sorry” and that “no one should have taken part in Auschwitz,” AFP reported. Groening said during the trial that he was horrified by what he saw at Auschwitz when he arrived in 1942 and had asked to be transferred three times, a request that was not granted until 1944.

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