Convicted Nazi guard dubbed the 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' dies aged 96

Oskar Groening died last week before serving his four-year prison sentence on an accessory to murder conviction. File

Groening died on Friday at the age of 96, said the Spiegel Online.

Groening, a former Auschwitz guard, was found guilty in 2015 for being an accessory to murder in hundreds of thousands of deaths at the concentration camp.

Groening passed away in hospital, and prison authorities are yet to receive a death certificate.

A former Nazi SS guard dubbed the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" has died aged 96 almost three years after his conviction for being an accessory to murder, German media said on Monday.

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Groening's role at Auschwitz rose to prominence when he gave interviews in 2005 about his work at the camp.

Groening testified at his trial that he oversaw the collection of prisoners' belongings and ensured valuables and cash were separated to be sent to Berlin. At his trial, he said he witnessed individual atrocities, but did not acknowledge participating in any crimes.

Mr Groening's court case was seen as one of the last major cases related to the Holocaust, where some 6 million Jews were murdered by Adolf Hitler's regime.

Oskar Groening in SS uniform. Most recently, his lawyers made one final bid for clemency, a decision on which still was pending. Demjanjuk, who always denied serving at the Sobibor camp, died before his appeal could be heard.

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He was also on several occasions assigned to "ramp duty", processing deportees as they arrived by rail in cattle cars at the Nazi German death camp in occupied Poland.

He had been expected to enter prison at the end of January, but the continued wrangling over the state of his health kept him from beginning to serve his sentence.

Hanning apologized for his wartime service, telling Holocaust survivors that "it disturbs me deeply" to have been a part of the Nazis' genocidal machinery.

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