Former Auschwitz "accountant" convicted of 300,000 counts of murder
Today, a 94-year-old former Nazi who served at the death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau between 1942 and 1944 was convicted of 300,000 counts of murder.
The state court in the German city of Lueneburg sentenced Oskar Groening to four years in prison, exceeding the recommendation of three and a half years by the prosecution. This late trial was initiated by German prosecutors who argue that anyone who worked in a death camp can be charged with murder, regardless of their connection to any individual death.
Groening's job within Auschwitz was to inspect the luggage of the prisoners to find their money, which he would then send to SS headquarters, a job which earned him the dubious nickname "the Accountant of Auschwitz." At least 300,000 people were gassed to death in Auschwitz in the time that Groening worked there.