'Accountant of Auschwitz' reportedly dies in hospital

Oskar Groening never saw the inside of a prison cell despite being found guilty of being complicit in the deaths

AP Oskar Groening never saw the inside of a prison cell despite being found guilty of being complicit in the deaths of 300,000 people

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

Oskar Groening was among the last former Nazis to face trial for their roles in World War II, more than 70 years after the conflict, thanks to a landmark case allowing prosecution for aiding and abetting the German killing machine. The office is awaiting an official death certificate, Soefker said.

The lawyer, Hans Holtermann, didn't immediately respond to a request for confirmation.

A court doctor had decided that Groening was able to serve his sentence, providing he was given appropriate nursing and medical care.

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At Groening's original trial in Lueneburg, Germany, Judge Franz Kompisch said Groening was part of the "machinery of death" at the Nazi camp in Auschwitz, Poland, and also stole money from victims, although no evidence was presented that tied him directly to any deaths. He was expected to start his four-year prison sentence, but died at a hospital, the Jerusalem Post reported, citing Germany's Der Spiegel. Most recently, his lawyers made one final bid for clemency, a decision on which still was pending.

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.

He was sentenced not for atrocities he was known to have committed, but on the basis that he served at the Sobibor camp in occupied Poland - for having been a cog in the Nazis' killing machine.

In 2016, former SS sergeant Reinhold Hanning was convicted on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an Auschwitz guard.

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