German prosecutors say "bookkeeper of Auschwitz" fit for prison

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 2, 2017

A 96-year-old man nicknamed the "Accountant of Auschwitz" for his role in the infamous Nazi death camp is fit to serve time in prison, authorities in Germany have ruled.

But now the public prosecutor of Hanover has rejected his legal pleas for a further delay, saying: 'We rejected the request of the defence for a reprieve.

Groening was convicted in July 2015 of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews and sentenced to four years in jail.

Media reports said that the requisite medical and nursing care that Groening will require in jail has to be finalised before he is taken to a prison to serve his term which will amount to less than two years with good behaviour.

Holtermann said he doesn't consider Groening fit to go to prison, and said the doctor hadn't physically examined his client.

But Groening's lawyer, Hans Holtermann, told Reuters he did not think Groening can survive imprisonment.

The prosecution has made its decision taking into account medical expertise.

"We think a sensible assessment (of Groening's health) should have been carried out and that has not happened yet", he said.

In 2015 prosecutors argued that although Groening did not kill anyone himself while working at Auschwitz, in Nazi-occupied Poland, he helped support the regime responsible for mass murder by sorting bank notes seized from trainloads of arriving Jews.

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