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'Accountant of Auschwitz' Holocaust trial begins in Germany


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'Accountant of Auschwitz' Holocaust trial begins in Germany

A former Auschwitz concentration camp guard has admitted to being “morally guilty” but says he committed no crime.

Oskar Groening, 93, is before a German court near Hamburg on Tuesday (April 21) accused of 300-thousand counts of accessory to murder.

The so-called accountant of Auschwitz admitted to being “morally guilty” but says he committed no crime.

The trial may be one of the last big Holocaust trials. Some 70 years after the end of World War II there are very few suspected Nazi criminals still alive.

Prosecutors say that anyone who was an extermination camp guard can be charged as an accessory to murders committed there. That’s even without evidence of involvement in a specific death.

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