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Posted on Monday 20th July

A German court has convicted a 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard of being an accessory to the murder of at least 300,000 Jews.

Oskar Groening was responsible for counting the belongings confiscated from prisoners and was known as the 'book-keeper of Auschwitz'. He was sentenced to four years in prison. Groening had admitted 'moral guilt', and though his lawyers said he did not facilitate genocide, prosecutors argued that he had helped the camp run smoothly.

Groening is expected to be one of the last Nazis to be tried in court, and given his age many have questioned whether he will actually serve his sentence.

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