The Accountant of Auschwitz
- 1h 20min
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.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.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.
The documentary presents many issues from the Holocaust, the justice the surviving Jews deserved, the progress of International Law, history of how the Nazis were persecuted after World War II,and moral issues involved in seeking justice.Many interviewees like legal authorities,historians,lawyers and the Holocaust survivors present their opinions on these topics.
It presents us how the cruelty of the war crimes committed during Holocaust that led to the death of millions of Jews and how more than 800,000 SS soldiers survived after the war and managed to live a normal life avoiding prosecution. Only 6,000 were tried and 124 were convicted despite the fact that 100,000 were prosecuted. We also get to see how International Law has progressed from that allowed legal authorities to prosecute the former Nazis for the crimes they have committed against humanity in later decades. It was clearly illustrated with the case of with latter-day trials of John Demjanjuk and Ivan Marchenko.
We also get to see different opinions on the case of Gröning as to whether it is right to prosecute him seven decades after the Holocaust. Those who are not in favor of it state that the former SS guard is just following orders being part the German military.Also,it was also stated that these SS guards are not dangerous outside the camp setting. Meanwhile,those who are in favor presents that war crimes have no statute of limitations and that age is no defense for the war crimes committed as stated by Benjamin Ferencz, chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials of 1945. Constitutional scholar Alan Dershowitz also states that it will serve as a precedent from others into committing future atrocities.Finally,it presents the case of Gröning,who was in charge of the war prisoners' belongings during the war.
The documentary was interesting from beginning to end. It provides the viewer interesting insights and it clearly present both sides of all issues tackled particularly about seeking justice no matter long much time has passed.
- Oct 27, 2020