German Court Sentences Auschwitz Bookkeeper

A German court has sentenced a 94-year-old former Nazi officer to four years in prison for working as a bookkeeper in the Auschwitz death camp during World War II.

The court in Lueneburg on Wednesday handed down its sentence for Oskar Groening, finding him guilty of more than 300,000 counts of accessory to murder.

Groening has admitted working in the death camp, collecting money and belongings from the Jews arriving there from May to July of 1944. Most of the prisoners were gassed to death soon after arrival.

Groening, who has been nicknamed the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz," has admitted "moral guilt" for his actions but had said he was never directly involved in the killing of the prisoners.READ MORE OF THIS STORY


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