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The Accountant of Auschwitz (2018)

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Seventy years after WWII, Oskar Gröning, one of the last surviving members of the SS, goes on trial as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

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Matthew Shoychet

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Ricki Gurwitz
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Oskar Gröning ... Himself
Jeff Ansell ... Himself
Hedy Bohm ... Herself
Hans-Jürgen Brennecke ... Himself
Alan M. Dershowitz ... Himself
Lawrence Douglas ... Himself
Max Eisen ... Himself
Kai Feldhaus ... Himself
Benjamin Ferencz ... Himself
Bill Glied ... Himself
Kirsten Goetze ... Herself
Ursula Haverbeck ... Herself
Hans Holtermann ... Himself
Rainer Höß ... Himself
Eva Mozes Kor ... Herself
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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: Inside the Nazi State (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 ... Written by Alexander Rogalski

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Seventy years after WWII, the accountant of Auschwitz goes on trial as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people

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1 July 2019 (Netherlands) See more »

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A very skilled docmentary
1 July 2018 | by proud_ludditeSee all my reviews

Oskar Grönig was a member of the SS and a bookkeeper at the Aushwitz concentration camp during World War II. In 2014 (when he was ninety-three years old), he was tried in a German court for being an accessory to murder. The details of the trial and related histories are recounted in this Canadian documentary.

Director Matthew Shoychet and writer Ricki Gurwitz are clearly skilled as their film has all the elements of a great documentary including solid footage - some going back to the Holocaust itself, clever title devices that summarize history as they juxtapose the footage, and the inclusion of all sides of the debate. The debate, of course, is whether Grönig should be on trial due to his advanced age plus his past efforts to fight against the denial of the Holocaust in the 1990s.

Some of the post-Holocaust histories include German trials (in the 1950s and 1960s) of those who were directly involved in the murders as well as the trials in later decades of those, like Grönig, who were captured and tried as accessories.

Another praiseworthy element of the film is the many intelligent interviewees. They provide great insight on many discussions including various views on forgiveness (which follows a very surprising event during the trial) and how the phrase 'never again' has ended up as a sad failure considering the genocides that followed the Holocaust.

By the film's conclusion, it is evident that even though the Holocaust ended over seven decades ago, it remains a real-life drama that can still cause shivers and bring out the best as well as the worst in people. It has obviously brought out the best in the creators of "The Accountant of Auschwitz".


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