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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: The Nazis & the 'Final Solution' (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... 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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English | German

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1 July 2019 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Bogholderen fra Auschwitz See more »

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CAD400,000 (estimated)
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16 : 9
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An interesting documentary on prosecution and responsibility
29 April 2019 | by Elijah_TSee all my reviews

For the record, I saw this immediately after Nazi VR (2017).

This was a very interesting documentary that went into court cases I never heard about and brought up an important question of who should be held responsible for atrocities. Hell, it'd make a great spark of classroom discussion and debate even.

One of the best things The Accountant of Auschwitz does is provide different sides of the argument. Who should be prosecuted (accountants, guards, executioners) and to what degree? Should anyone be forgiven? It doesn't really tell the audience how to feel. It just thoroughly informs and leaves the conversation entirely up to them.

There's an event that really caught me by surprise (the lady). I wasn't sure how to feel about it at first. While the act was understandable-ish, the prosecution should definitely continue. Now that I think about it, it reminds me of a documentary called Long Night's Journey Into Day (2000), which examines 4 out of 7000 cases that were brought before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) since 1994 "to mediate between those seeking amnesty from apartheid-related crimes and the families of their victims." The TRC's restorative justice method is a stark contrast to the Nuremberg's Trials' retributive justice. I highly recommend watching both within the same week and asking yourself which is most appropriate for South Africa's apartheid and Germany's antisemitism.


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