The Accountant of Auschwitz

Poster for The Accountant of Auschwitz In 2015, 94-year-old former German SS officer Oskar Gröning, nicknamed “The Accountant of Auschwitz”, went on trial in his home country, charged with complicity in the murder of 300,000 Jews at Auschwitz in 1944. Gröning’s trial made headlines around the world as a frail old man took the stand to face his former victims. Out of the 6,500 SS guards at Auschwitz, only 49 were prosecuted in West Germany. After the war, the country wanted to forget the past and move on. It was hard for the German public to accept that so many of its citizens were responsible for the horrific crimes committed under the Third Reich. Many of the lawyers and judges writing the new legal code were themselves former Nazis. Now, 70 years later, a new generation of lawyers armed with a change in legal thinking opened up a new wave of investigations against aging Nazi guards, now in their 90’s. Most have perished, but for a man who at age 21, collected the stolen loot of prisoners as they were carted off trains at Auschwitz. The Accountant of Auschwitz is a gripping look at the race against time to prosecute the last living Nazi war criminals before it’s too late. Gröning’s trial reflects not only one frail bookkeeper’s penitence, but the world’s responsibility to hold the worst of human horrors forever to public view. Bringing war criminals to justice, with no statute of limitations, asks fundamental moral questions with few simple answers. From Nuremberg to the new alt-right, The Accountant of Auschwitz constructs a stark reminder that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

78 minutes
Matthew Shoychet

Shown at

  1. 23rd Denver Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  2. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  3. Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  4. Boston Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  5. Buffalo International Jewish Film - 2019
  6. Chicago Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  7. Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival - 2020
  8. Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  9. Miami Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  10. Michiana Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  11. Rochester Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  12. Rockland International Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  13. Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  14. Seattle Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  15. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2010
  16. UK Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  17. Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival - 2019

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