The Accountant of Auschwitz

Documentary | PG | 80 min.

Showings

Uptown Theatre 1 Tue, Oct 16 7:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2018
Rating:PG - mature theme
not suggested for sensitive viewers
Genre:Documentary
Production Country:Canada
Original Langauge:English
German
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Matthew Shoychet
Produced By:Ricki Gurwitz
Ric Esther Bienstock
Music By:Ken Myhr

Description

Oskar Gröning, known as the "Accountant of Auschwitz," was charged with the murder of 300,000 Jews. When he took the stand in 2015, at the age of 94, his trial made headlines worldwide. The debate around his prosecution is at the centre of this historic yet contemporary look at justice. As survivors travel to Germany to testify, the heinous acts of the Holocaust remain vivid and traumatic. For some, there is no grey area: Gröning was witness and therefore complicit, regardless of his duty to follow orders. Others look at a frail man in the last years of his life and see no reason to pursue charges. Bringing war criminals to justice, with no statute of limitations, asks fundamental moral questions with few simple answers. From Nuremberg to the new alt-right, The Accountant of Auschwitz constructs a stark reminder that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.