THE ACCOUNTANT OF AUSCHWITZ

Cert 12 Stars 3

Nazi atrocities of the Second World War will never lose their capacity to shock and horrify, and the focus of this brisk and grimly fascinating documentary is the trial of a 93 year old former guard.

Oskar Groning was responsible for collecting cash and personal valuables from prisoners as they arrived at the Auschwitz extermination camp, and in 2015 was charged with complicity in the murder of 300,000 people.

Exploring how subsequent changes in legal thought lead to Groning’s belated arrest, his case is used to reflect on the failures of the 1946 Nuremberg trials in their prosecution of war criminals.

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