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About The Film
More than 40 years after serving as an SS officer, Oskar Gröning, known as "The Accountant of Auschwitz," at age 94, admitted to his crimes and was put on trial, charged with complicity in the murder of 300,000 Jews. While serving at Auschwitz, Gröning registered the possessions left by prisoners as they were processed. While he did not murder anybody, his shocking admission made headlines worldwide instigating a debate around his prosecution and the pursuit of justice. Although the majority of SS officers have gone unprosecuted, a new generation is reopening investigations against the living perpetrators of some of history’s worst crimes. Bringing war criminals to justice, with no statute of limitations, asks fundamental moral questions with few simple answers.
Via interviews with the lead prosecutor at Nuremberg, criminal legal scholar Alan Dershowitz, and survivors, the heinous acts of the Holocaust remain vivid and traumatic. For some, there is no grey area: 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.
From Nuremberg to the new alt-right, this documentary is a stark reminder how history repeats itself.
Plays with: VIOLENCE IN THE MEDIA (short)