Health problems delay ‘Bookkeeper of Auschwitz’ trial


LUENEBURG, Germany: Closing arguments expected in the German trial of a former SS officer known as the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz” were postponed Thursday due to the ill health of the 94-year-old defendant. Presiding judge Franz Kompisch of the regional court in the northern city of Lueneburg said the accused, Oskar Groening, had unspecified “significant health problems.” Groening stands accused of 300,000 counts of “accessory to murder” in the cases of deported Hungarian Jews sent to the gas chambers between May and July 1944. He faces up to 15 years in prison. He served as a bookkeeper at the camp, sorting and counting the money taken from those killed or used as slave labor, collecting cash in different currencies from across Europe and shipping it back to Berlin.



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