In the German hospital, the “accountant of Auschwitz” 96-year-old Oskar Groening died. The court found him involved in the murder of 300 thousand people. Gröning himself called himself part of the criminal force and asked for forgiveness from the Jewish people
Oscar Groening (Photo: Hans-Jurgen Wege / Getty Images)
The former Unterscharfuhrer of the SS, Oscar Groening, 96, known as the “accountant of Auschwitz,” died in a hospital in Germany, Spiegel . According to him, the former Nazi died on Friday, March 9.
A representative of the Hanover Public Prosecutor’s Office informed the publication that the prosecutors had received a “relevant report” from lawyer Groening.
In 2015, Oscar Groening was sentenced to four years in prison on charges of involvement in the killing of 300 thousand people in the concentration camp of Auschwitz. The prosecution believes that he did not kill anyone personally, but he helped the regime guilty of crimes by his work (counting and sending notes to the camps found at the camp prisoners).
Groening was a member of the NSDAP since 1939 and recognized that, while working in a concentration camp, he shared the ideas of Nazism.
“The accountant of Auschwitz” appealed against the verdict: his defense was of the opinion that imprisonment would violate Gröning’s lawful right to life because of old age and health. In January this year, the sentenced submitted a request for pardon, but was refused. By that time he had not spent one day in custody.
Gröning himself told Spiegel that he felt guilty before the Jewish people, because he was part of the force that committed these crimes. “I apologize to the Jewish people and God and ask for mercy,” the magazine quotes him.