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

Ageing survivors and dignitaries gather annually at the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland to honour its victimsFormer 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 centres 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.

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