[Ed. – Expected to be one of the last trials of its kind.]
The German defendant, Oskar Groening, was known as the “bookkeeper” at the death camp.
He was tasked with counting the banknotes taken from prisoners and forwarding them to his Nazi masters in Berlin, according to prosecutors in Hanover.
He is also accused of helping to remove victims’ luggage so they were not seen by new arrivals, and so covering up the traces of the mass killing. …
He will appear in court on 21 April charged with at least 300,000 counts of accessory to murder.
It relates to the 425,000 people believed to have been deported to the camp in occupied Poland between May and July 1944, at least 300,000 of whom died in the gas chambers. …
Groening told the German daily Bild in 2005 that he regretted working at Auschwitz, saying he still heard the screams from the gas chamber decades later.