Oskar Gröning was one of the last surviving members of the SS to be implicated in Nazi crimes against humanity. Becoming known as the “Accountant of Auschwitz,” he was charged with the murder of 300,000 Jews after coming to wider attention for his appearance on the BBC documentary series Auschwitz (2005). When he took the stand in 2015, at the age of 94, his trial made headlines worldwide. The debate around his prosecution is at the center of this historic yet contemporary look at justice. As survivors travel to Germany to testify, the heinous acts of the Holocaust remain vivid and traumatic. For some, there is no room for debate: Gröning was witness and therefore complicit, regardless of his duty to follow orders. Others look at a frail man in the last years of his life and see no reason to pursue charges. Bringing war criminals to justice, with no statute of limitations, asks fundamental moral questions with few simple answers. From Nuremberg to the new alt-right, The Accountant of …
User Reviews: Should Oskar Gröning,who is now 94 years of age, deserve justice for the acts he did when he was an SS Officer?
"The Accountant of Auschwitz" is a documentary made by Matthew Shoychet together with writer Ricki Gurwitz tries to answer that question. Lawyers,scholars,constitutionalists,Holocaust survivors provide insight in it.Also,it presents the events surround Gröning about his trial after more than 50 years after the crimes he has comitted and his acts of war crimes against the Jews during World War II. It also integrates other issues after it discusses the topic such as the former SS Officers’ trials and who international laws against these acts have changed.
The documentary have provided great substance about the issue and not of that of Gröning alone.We also realize that the positive and negative sides of the arguments together with the emotions involved particularly the survivors of the Holocaust.Finally,we also get to realize more about war crimes should be treated by the international community.