96-year-old partly responsible for the deaths of 300,000 Jews in Auschwitz deemed fit for prison

‘No one should have taken part in Auschwitz’

By: Alba Losada

72 years ago, the Red Army liberated the most dreaded concentration and extermination camp of them all: Auschwitz, located in Nazi-occupied Poland. Now, doctors have declared Oskar Groening – a former SS officer known as the ‘bookkeeper of Auschwitz’ – fit for prison according to German prosecutors.

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The nonagenarian was convicted in 2015 for his role in the murder of 300,000 Jews at the concentration camp. In a final attempt to prevent his client from passing the rest of his days behind bars, Groening’s lawyer had appealed the sentence, but this was rejected by Germany’s Federal Supreme Court which maintained that the 2015 conviction be upheld.

Kathrin Soefker, a spokesperson for prosecutors in Hanover said that medical experts had examined Groening and determined that as long as he ‘can get appropriate medical and nursing care’ there, ‘he is fit for prison.’

The nonagenarian was convicted in 2015 for his role in the murder of 300,000 Jews at the concentration camp

Groening has admitted that he was an enthusiastic young Nazi. His job at Auschwitz consisted in sorting through the belongings of deportees after they arrived at the camp. Many of the prisoners were then sent directly to the gas chambers.

Groening has expressed remorse at the part he played in one of the darkest episodes in European history. Speaking when he was sentenced, Groening said: ‘No one should have taken part in Auschwitz. I know that. I sincerely regret not having lived up to this realisation earlier and more consistently. I am very sorry.’

There has been no formal summons yet for him to begin serving his sentence.

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