‘Auschwitz medic’ to stand trial

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JC REPORTER

A GER­MAN court has ruled that a 95-year-old for­mer SS sergeant who was al­leged to have served as a medic in Auschwitz is fit to stand trial.

The sus­pect, known only as Hu­bert Z to com­ply with Ger­many’s pri­vacy laws, is ac­cused of be­ing an ac­ces­sory to the mur­der of at least 3,681 peo­ple.

Ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors, he acted as one of the death camp’s paramedics from Au­gust 15 to Septem­ber 14 1944.

Dur­ing that month, at least 14 de­por­ta­tion trains ar­rived at the ex­ter­mi­na­tion camp from as far away as Lyon, Vi­enna and Wester­bork, in the Nether­lands.

The ac­ces­sory to mur­der charges were orig­i­nally laid by pros­e­cu­tors in Sch­w­erin last year.

A lower court in Neubran­den­burg ruled in June he was un­fit for trial, but lawyers ap­pealed.

In Septem­ber, the at­tor­ney for a 93-year-old for­mer SS sergeant charged with 170,000 counts of ac­ces­sory to mur­der over al­le­ga­tions he served as an Auschwitz death camp guard, said his client was not fit for trial.

Ger­many’s Det­mold state court how­ever, de­ter­mined ear­lier this month that Rein­hold H, whose sur­name was also with­held, was fit for trial.

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