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Why the Gröning trial matters

The "Accountant of Auschwitz"'s legal reckoning marks the end of an era for Germany

By Ben Knight  

Oskar Groening, sits in the courtroom in Lueneburg, Germany. © Julian Stratenschulte/DPA/Press Association Images

In Lüneburg, an unremarkable city in northern Germany, what could turn out to be the last ever Holocaust trial is underway. It will mark the beginning of the end of a torturous, 70-year chapter in the history of the German judiciary.

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