Bookkeeper of Auschwitz Oskar Groening Sent to Prison

96-year-old Bookkeeper of Auschwitz Oskar Groening ruled fit to serve four year prison sentence

Oskar Groening

The 96-year-old SS junior squad leader Oskar Gröning, better known as the bookkeeper of Auschwitz, hoped to escape his prison sentence but did not succeed.

Bookkeeper of Auschwitz 

In 2015 Gröning was sentenced to four years in prison for his part in the murder of over 300,000 people, mainly Jews in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Gröning worked as a bookkeeper for the German army until 1942 and was later stationed at concentration camp Auschwitz. The Bookkeeper then appealed, partly because his health did not allow him to serve his sentence. The man admitted during trial that he took money from the Jews who were sent to Auschwitz and that he supervised them on their arrival. The judge, however, sees this as a complicity in murder.

Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp 1944
aerial picture of Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp 1944

After two years, the Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe made short work of Grönings appeal and sentenced him to four years in prison.


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