Ex-SS medic, 95, goes on trial for Auschwitz mass murder

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NEUBRANDENBURG, Germany: Former SS medic Hubert Zafke, 95, faces trial Monday for aiding in 3,681 murders in Auschwitz during the period when teenage diarist Anne Frank was interned in the Nazi death camp. The trial is part of Germany’s twilight bid to bring to justice the last surviving perpetrators of the Holocaust, focused on about a dozen people who were cogs in the killing machine. The case against Zafke centers on his service as an SS medical orderly from August 15 to September 14, 1944 in the vast Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in Nazi-occupied Poland where an estimated 1.1 million people perished. During the month-long period, 14 trains arrived at Auschwitz, delivering prisoners from across Europe to its slave labor camps and gas chambers. One of the trains brought the family of Anne Frank, whose diary about her Jewish family’s life in hiding in Amsterdam has moved millions and remains a worldwide bestseller. Anne Frank survived Auschwitz but died in Bergen-Belsen, shortly before its 1945 liberation by the British Army.

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