World Nazi Oskar Groening, Auschwitz death camp guard, dies at age 96 before starting prison sentence

21:39  12 march  2018
21:39  12 march  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

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Former SS guard Oskar Groening waits for the start of the trail against him in a courtroom in Lueneburg, northern Germany, Thursday, April 23, 2015 © Julian Stratenschulte/Pool Photo via AP Former SS guard Oskar Groening waits for the start of the trail against him in a courtroom in Lueneburg, northern Germany, Thursday, April 23, 2015

Oskar Groening, the death camp guard known as the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz,” died on Friday — before he was able to start his four-year prison sentence, according to multiple reports Monday. He was 96.

Groening was convicted in July 2015 of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews. He was expected to start his four-year prison sentence, but died at a hospital, the Jerusalem Post reported.

German prosecutors deemed Groening to be fit enough to go to prison as long there was appropriate medical care. A federal court rejected Groening’s appeal in November.

It was unclear when Groening would have begun his prison sentence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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