German Court Convicts 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' as Accessory to Murder of 300,000 People

Oskar Groening, 94, was handed a four-year sentence in what could be one of the last big Holocaust trials.

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Oskar Groening, 'bookkeeper of Auschwitz,' listens to the verdict of his trial on July 15, 2015.Credit: AFP
Michelle Martin

REUTERS - A 94-year-old German man who worked as a bookkeeper at the Auschwitz death camp was convicted on Wednesday of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people and sentenced him to four years in prison, in what could be one of the last big Holocaust trials. 

Oskar Groening did not kill anyone himself while working at the notorious camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, but prosecutors argued that by sorting the bank notes from trainloads of arriving Jews he helped support the regime responsible for mass murder. 

Groening, who has been on trial since April, has admitted moral guilt but said it was up to the court to decide whether he was legally guilty. 

He said earlier this month that he could only ask God to forgive him as he was not entitled to ask this of victims of the Holocaust.

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