Wiesenthal Center Welcomes Confirmation of Conviction of Auschwitz "Accountant" Oskar Groening

Simon Wiesenthal Center – Israel Office
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November 28, 2016

Jerusalem – The Simon Wiesenthal Center today welcomed the confirmation by the German Federal Court of Justice of the conviction of Oskar Groening in July 2015 on charges of accessory to murder for his service in the Auschwitz death camp.

In a statement issued here by its chief Nazi-hunter Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the Center emphasized the importance of the ongoing efforts to bring Holocaust perpetrators to justice.

According to Zuroff:
"Despite the passage of decades since these crimes were committed, the importance of holding the perpetrators accountable for their crimes remains as valid as ever. The passage of time in no way diminishes the guilt of the killers and old age should not afford protection to those who committed such heinous crimes against innocent people of all ages, some of whom were even older than these defendants. We urge the German authorities to do whatever possible to maximize justice before it is too late."

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