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.
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