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

NEUBRANDENBURG , Germany,  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.

Trial of Auschwitz medical orderly, 94, scheduled for Feb. 29
An exhibit at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, Israel. A man, 95, will be tried in February in Germany for alleged complicity in the deaths of thousands at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI | License Photo













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.

By Ed Adamczyk