BERLIN (Associated Press) — German prosecutors said Monday they were notified that a former Nazi death camp guard dubbed the “Accountant of Auschwitz” died before he could begin serving his 4-year sentence.
Hannover prosecutor Kathrin Soefker said a lawyer informed her office that Oskar Groening, 96, died Friday in a hospital. The office is awaiting an official death certificate, Soefker said.
The lawyer, Hans Holtermann, didn’t immediately respond to a request for confirmation. Groening’s death first was reported Monday by German weekly Der Spiegel.
Groening was convicted in Lueneburg in 2015 as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews. The Lueneburg court concluded that although there was no evidence of involvement in a specific killing, Groening knew that Jews were being slaughtered at the German death camp and supported the killings through his actions.