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Thursday, August 23, 2018
THE ACCOUNTANT OF AUSCHWITZ (Directed by Matthew Shoychet)*****
An excellent detailed retelling of the terrible times and the opposing views about sentencing this horrid man.
I loved the film, but the story is brutally alarming.
My summary really only touches various themes in the film. The documents in the film create suspense and proof of prodigious research.
Gröning, who was the accountant at Auschwitz
witnessed many thousand of killings as he busily collected all the possessions
of Jews arriving from the horrendous trains to be sent to their doom. Complicit
in 300,000 murders there, he is finally put on trial. Survivors attest to his
presence, and one woman says she forgive him, even though her family was
decimated at the camp. The film brilliantly has interviews and charts with
proof all the Jews murdered at different camps and the guards who watched it
all happen. Testimonies and excellent archival photos recreate the camps and the murderous Nazis. Nuremberg
Trial that also introduces the prosecutor, now living in Palm Springs, Florida wants all Nazi guards to be responsible
too for their participation as obedient murderers. Most of the judges in Germany were
former Nazis and so it is a long arduous road to seal convictions. And when
they are convicted, most spend only a few years in prison – such as Gröening
who was sentenced to 4 years in prison, but after his many appeals, died without
serving a day behind bars. The world will continue to commit horrors despite the
collective chant of victims and anti-fascist fighters, yelling “Never Again.”