The Accountant of Auschwitz


TIFF Lightbox 2 Sun, Apr 29, 2018 5:45 PM
TIFF Lightbox 1 Mon, Apr 30, 2018 3:45 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 13 Fri, May 4, 2018 9:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:The Good Fight
Film Subjects:Crime & Punishment
Jewish Interest
War, Conflict & the Military
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Matthew Shoychet
Producer(s):Ric Esther Bienstock
Ricki Gurwitz
Executive Producer(s):Randi Kirshenbaum
Jordan Nahmias
Berry Meyerowitz
Jeff Sackman
Editor(s):Ted Husband
Writer(s):Ricki Gurwitz


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Also screening at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema starting June 8. Get tickets!

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. Alexander Rogalski

Additional Information

NOW - 5 stars, "Both emotionally powerful and intellectually challenging."

Scene Creek - 4.5 stars, "Deeply thought provoking."

POV - "A nuanced film that sheds new light on the story of one of the greatest catastrophies in history."

Samaritan Mag - "Documentary Film Festival Hot Docs a Bonanza of Titles for the Conscious-Minded"

National Post - "The Accountant of Auschwitz doc looks at prosecution of aging Nazi guards."

Mr Will Wong - #HOTDOCS: 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Preview."

The Film Corner with Greg Klymkiw - 3.5 stars, "One jaw-dropping revelation after another."