(FILES) This file photo taken on July 15, 2015 shows former SS officer Oskar Groening listening to the verdict of his trial at court in Lueneburg, northern Germany. Oskar Groening, a former Nazi SS guard known as the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz", now 96, is fit to serve out his sentence, German prosecutors said on August 2, 2017. Groening was found guilty in July 2015 of being an accessory to the murders of 300,000 people at the camp and sentenced to four years in prison. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images

A former SS officer known as the Bookkeeper of Auschwitz has been declared fit to go to prison.
Oskar Groening was convicted in July 2015 of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews and sentenced to four years in prison.
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He saw an appeal rejected in November but has remained free pending a decision on his fitness for prison.
Kathrin Soefker, a spokeswoman for prosecutors in Hannover, told news agency DPA they have rejected a defence application for a reprieve on serving the sentence.
She said a doctor considers Groening fit to go to prison as long as there is appropriate medical care.
There has been no formal summons yet for him to start serving his sentence.
Speaking when he was sentenced, Groening said: ‘No one should have taken part in Auschwitz.
‘I know that. I sincerely regret not having lived up to …
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