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Former Nazi Auschwitz SS medic Hubert Zafke too ill to stand trial on accessory to murder charges - CBS News

1.3.16

Former Nazi Auschwitz SS medic Hubert Zafke too ill to stand trial on accessory to murder charges - CBS News: Prosecutors allege that Zafke's unit was involved in putting gas into gas chambers to kill Jews and others, screening blood and other samples from hospitalized women prisoners, and otherwise helping the camp run by treating SS guard personnel.

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

Zafke's attorney insists his client was just a medic who did nothing criminal at Auschwitz.

The trial is one of several in recent years to arise from a shift in German legal thinking. Prosecutors have successfully argued that since Nazi death camps' entire purpose was to murder Jews and others, helping the camp run in any manner makes one an accessory to those murders.


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