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Hot Docs’ 18: Exclusive clip from “The Accountant of Auschwitz”

In 1944, as trainloads of men, women and children were delivered to the Auschiwtz concentration camp, their valuables were taken from them, and cataloged. The accountant who took their belongings, Oskar Gröning, was convicted ...
April 26, 2018

In 1944, as trainloads of men, women and children were delivered to the Auschiwtz concentration camp, their valuables were taken from them, and cataloged.

The accountant who took their belongings, Oskar Gröning, was convicted of 300,000 counts of accessory to murder, 70 years later, and his trial is the focus of Matthew Shoychet’s forthcoming documentary The Accountant of Auschwitz. 

The 80-minute film, which enjoys its world premiere at the 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival on Sunday (April 29), looks at the 2015 trial of the now-94-year-old Gröning in Luneberg, Germany, and examines whether the prosecution of some of the last living Nazi war criminals is too little, too late, or whether it sends a powerful message to future generations.

The doc includes court footage and interviews with key players from the post-war trials, as well as with the Auschwitz survivors and plaintiffs, including Bill Glied (pictured), who passed away last month. His entire family will attend the screening.

In the below clip, Auschwitz survivors and plaintiffs see Oskar Gröning enter the courtroom as a frail old man.

Randi Kirshenbaum is the executive producer, Ricki Gurwitz and Ric Esther Bienstock are the film’s producers.

  • The Accountant of Auschwitz screens at Hot Docs on April 29, 30 and May 4. Visit the festival’s website for more info.
  • Check out an exclusive clip below:

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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