German court sentences 94-year-old ex-Nazi to 4 years

2015-07-15 12:13
Former Auschwitz guard Oskar Groening sits in a courtroom prior to the start of his trial in Lueneburg, northern Germany. (Axel Heimken, AP)

Former Auschwitz guard Oskar Groening sits in a courtroom prior to the start of his trial in Lueneburg, northern Germany. (Axel Heimken, AP)

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Lueneburg - A 94-year-old ex-Waffen-SS member is to go to jail for four years for his role as an accessory in the deaths of 300 000 people at the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, a German court ruled on Wednesday.

The trial of Oskar Groening, who was known as the Bookkeeper of the Auschwitz, is expected to be one of the last cases brought against a former Nazi in Germany.

The court in the northern German town of Lueneburg convicted the former junior SS squad leader as an accessory to 300 000 murders at the death camp.

Groening volunteered in 1942 to join the elite Waffen-SS before being dispatched to the death camp, where he counted the money found among their belongings and sent it to SS headquarters in Berlin.

Groening has never denied his role in the Holocaust and, during the trial, said he accepted his moral responsibility.

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