96-Year-Old Nazi Convicted Of 300,000 Counts Of Accessory To Murder

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Oskar Groening was 21 when he went to work at Auschwitz, where he counted cash taken from arriving Jews.

After receiving his sentence in 2015, a 96-year-old German man will now go to jail for his role at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp during World War II, according to Reuters.

Oskar Groening, known as the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz” for his job counting cash taken from the camp’s victims, was sentenced to four years’ jail in 2015, but wrangling over his health and age have delayed the start of his sentence.

The constitutional court rejected the argument by Groening’s lawyers that imprisonment at his advanced age would violate his right to life, adding that the gravity of his crimes meant there was a particular need for him to be seen to be punished.

Groening was found guilty of 300,000 counts of accessory to murder.

In a 2015 court battle seen as one of the last major Holocaust trials, prosecutors said although Groening did not kill anyone himself while working at Auschwitz, in Nazi-occupied Poland, he helped support the regime responsible for mass murder by sorting bank notes seized from trainloads of arriving Jews.