Former non-commissioned SS officer Oskar Groening, known as the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz”, has died at the age of 96 at a hospital in Germany. On Monday, March 12, according to Spiegel.
In July 2015 SS Groening was convicted of complicity in the murder of 300 thousand people with no direct involvement in the crime, he was sentenced to four years in prison. Lawyers filed an appeal, which pointed out that Groening may not serve his sentence due to health condition, however, the court decided that the man will be able to receive all necessary medical care in prison.
gröning served in the Auschwitz concentration camp from 1942 to 1944. His duties included the receiving of money and valuables, which passed the arriving prisoners. Then the funds collected, the SS were sent to Berlin. He previously apologized for their actions, but stated that it “considers himself not a criminal, and a cog in the machine of the murders.”
Concentration camp Auschwitz (or Auschwitz) was located 60 kilometers from Krakow (Poland). Considered the largest and most long existed a Nazi death camp, one of the main symbols of the Holocaust. According to various estimates, in Auschwitz, were killed about 1.4 million people, more than a million of them were Jews. Later the camp became a Museum.