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: