Trial of Auschwitz medical orderly, 94, scheduled for Feb. 29

Hubert Zafke, 95, will be tried in Neubrandenburg, Germany.
By Ed Adamczyk Contact the Author   |   Jan. 20, 2016 at 10:04 AM
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NEUBRANDENBURG , Germany, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The trial of a Nazi concentration camp orderly, accused of complicity in the deaths of at least 3,681 people, will begin in Germany in February.

A Feb. 29 date has been scheduled in Neubrandenburg for the start of the trial of Hubert Zafke, 95. His indictment states he served with the SS at the Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland, camp from 1943 to 1944, and was aware of the facility's use as "an industrial-scale mass murder site" during World War II. The 3,681 deaths occurred in one month of 1944.

Zafke spent four years in a Polish prison for other crimes he committed at Auschwitz during a different period of the war. He is accused of being an accessory to murder as a medical orderly.

In 2014 a German court convicted Oskar Groening, 94, of accessory to murder of at least 300,000 people at Auschwitz. He received a four-year sentence. About 1.1 million people were killed at Auschwitz in the course of the war; the majority were Jews, but Roma Gypsies, the disabled, homosexuals and dissidents also were put to death.

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