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Hot Docs Review: ‘The Accountant of Auschwitz’ Shows That Past Sins and Crimes Against Humanity Should Never Go Unpunished

April 28, 2018Britany Murphy

The trial of the "Accountant of Auschwitz," Oskar Gröning, began in 2015 and made headlines around the world. At the age of 94, Gröning would stand trial for war crimes that he committed during World War II while he was a member of the SS at Auschwitz. The documentary is an in-depth look at what happened, not only during the trial of Gröning, but other high-profile cases against Nazi soldiers after the end of World War II.

Directed by Matthew Shoychet, The Accountant of Auschwitz shows the pain and horror endured by Holocaust survivors, as they confront one of the men who had a hand in the killing of thousands of their friends and families, while also delving into how moral complicity makes one just as guilty as any of the guards who pulled the trigger. Shoychet perfectly reminds the audience of the importance that justice needs to always be served, despite the age or circumstances surrounding the accused in question.

With testimonies from survivors, historians and Gröning himself, The Accountant of Auschwitz proves that "never again" is impossible and a cycle that is doomed to repeat itself if those who've played a part in atrocities like the Holocaust go unpunished.

The Accountant of Auschwitz screens Sunday, April 29th, Monday, April 30th and Friday, May 4th at Hot Docs. Its runtime is 1 hr. 18 min.

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