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Convicted Nazi guard dubbed the 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' dies aged 96

Convicted Nazi guard dubbed the 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' dies aged 96

A former Nazi SS guard dubbed the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" has died aged 96 without ever having served his sentence for being an accessory to murder, German media said on Monday.

Groening's lawyer, Hans Holterman, told German public broadcaster NDR, that the former Nazi died last week. The office is awaiting an official death certificate, Soefker said.

Oskar Groening was convicted in Lueneburg in 2015 as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews.

The entrance to the infamous Auschwitz prison camp.

He then ensured that valuables and cash were separated to be sent to Berlin.

But while he admitted witnessing individual atrocities, he did not acknowledge participating in any crimes.

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

A bank clerk in pre-war Germany, Groening never denied his Nazi past and accepted "moral responsibility" for the Holocaust on the first day of his trial. Most recently, his lawyers made one final bid for clemency, a decision on which still was pending.

"Without at least symbolic justice, these trials, as important as they are, lose an important part of their significance", said the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights organization that has worked to track down the world's remaining Nazis.

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 asked for forgiveness and spoke openly of his experiences at the death camp, saying his testimony would stand in opposition to Holocaust deniers.

It was unclear when Groening would have begun his prison sentence.