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The Accountant of Auschwitz

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Justice comes late to WWII Nazi at German trial; violence.

Movie NR 2018 78 minutes
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This documentary does a great job of explaining Nazi horrors and the efforts to bring Nazis to justice, making this an excellent introduction to this topic for teens. The Accountant of Auschwitz raises moral dilemmas with regard to putting 90-year-olds in jail for what they did 70 years before. In the case of Groning, he admits what he did and admits it was wrong, but whether his actions were legally wrong or whether punishing him as an old man for acts of his youth would be proper are questions left up in the air. He was convicted by the German court, but his years of unsuccessful appeals kept him out of prison and allowed him to die a free man a few years later.

Advocates of the prosecution process argue that since the practice of state-run genocide didn't come to end with World War II, decent people and democratic countries have a responsibility to demonstrate that such crimes will never go unpunished in an effort to deter future atrocities. Regarding individual Nazi responsibility for mass murders and whether individuals ought to be held accountable, American attorney Alan Dershowitz recalls that there is "no evidence that Hitler [himself] ever killed anybody," yet there's no doubt that his leadership and policies were responsible for the deaths of around 10 million people during World War II.

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