Former SS medic at Auschwitz going on trial in Germany

Published: Monday 29th February 2016 by The News Editor

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A 95-year-old former SS medic is going on trial in Germany on 3,681 counts of accessory to murder over allegations that he helped the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp function.

Prosecutors allege that Hubert Zafke’s unit was involved in putting gas into gas chambers to kill Jews and others, screening blood and other samples from women prisoners in hospital, and otherwise helping the camp run by treating SS guard personnel.

They say the unit was also involved in auxiliary guard duties.

Zafke’s lawyer insists his client did nothing criminal at Auschwitz.

The charges relate to a one-month period in 1944 and involve 14 transports of Jews, including Anne Frank and her family. Frank died later in Bergen-Belsen.

When the trial opens at Neubrandenburg state court on Monday, judges are expected to evaluate whether Zafke is fit to stand trial.

Published: Monday 29th February 2016 by The News Editor

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