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Convicted Auschwitz guard Oskar Groening dies aged 96

Convicted Auschwitz guard Oskar Groening dies aged 96

In 2015 Oskar Groening became one of the last people to be convicted for crimes in the Nazi genocide during World War Two.

Prison authorities have yet to provide Groening's death certificate.

The "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" has died aged 96 before beginning a prison sentence for his involvement in the killing hundreds of thousands of Jews.

Groening, a former SS sergeant, was convicted in July 2015 of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews. Groening was nicknamed the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" based on counting the amount of the victims' money when they arrived at the concentration camp and sending the bank notes to Berlin.

Oskar Groening had previously been sentenced for his role in some 300,000 murders during the Holocaust.

Groening insisted in a 2005 interview with Der Spiegel that he had been no more than a "cog in the gears". All of his appeals were rejected and he was due to begin a four-year prison term soon.

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His trial went to the heart of the question of whether people who were minor participants in the Nazi atrocities, but did not actively participate in the killing of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust, were themselves guilty.

Efraim Zuroff, the head Nazi hunter for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said it was unfortunate that Groening's conviction didn't result in "at least symbolic justice" for the victims of Auschwitz. Groening then made a plea for clemency January 15.

In 2011, former OH autoworker John Demjanjuk became the first person convicted in Germany exclusively for serving as a death camp guard without evidence of being involved in a specific killing.

Prisoners were transported by train to the Auschwitz death camp.

He died in a hospital on Friday, according to Spiegel Online.

German prosecutors say they have been notified that a former guard dubbed the "accountant of Auschwitz" has died.