Date
21 August 2017
At least 1.1 million prisoners died at Auschwitz, about 90 per cent of them Jewish. Photo: Internet
At least 1.1 million prisoners died at Auschwitz, about 90 per cent of them Jewish. Photo: Internet

Former medic, 94, faces 3,681 Holocaust charges

A 94-year-old man is facing 3,681 counts of accessory to murder for his alleged role in the Nazi interment camp in Auschwitz.

The suspect worked as a medic in the notorious prison and prosecutors and his actions would have enabled the death camp to keep running, Mail Online reported Tuesday, citing prosecutors.

The man’s name could not be released under German privacy laws.

Stefan Urbanek, spokesman for the prosecution, said the suspect was a former SS sergeant who served in an SS hospital at the Nazi death camp in occupied Poland.

Urbanek said through this role, the man helped the extermination camp to function and he can therefore be charged as an accessory to the brutal killings.

The suspect is one of 30 people under investigation because they are suspected to have held roles in Auschwitz during World War II.

Federal investigators recommended in 2013 that state prosecutors pursue charges against them under a new precedent in German law.

The man’s attorney, Peter-Michael Diestel, told the Bild newspaper there’s no evidence of any “concrete criminal act” by his client.

The arrest comes less than a week after a 93-year-old man was charged with 170,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations he served as an SS guard at Auschwitz.

The defendant allegedly served in Auschwitz between January 1942 to June 1944, the Detmold state court said last week.

It is claimed this second man was assigned to the Auschwitz I camp but also helped supervise new prisoners, largely Jews, as they arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau, the part of the camp where most of its 1.1million victims were killed.

Defense attorney Johannes Salmen said his client has acknowledged being at Auschwitz I but denied being assigned to Birkenau or being involved in killings.

Last year Oskar Groening, also aged 93, was charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for his role as a guard at the camp.

The sergeant worked at Auschwitz for two-and-a-half years and was charged with sorting the possessions of the inmates and collecting and tallying any money that was on them.

At least 1.1 million prisoners died at Auschwitz, about 90 per cent of them Jewish.

In one period between May and June 1944, 425,000 Hungarian Jews were sent there — about 300,000 were immediately sent to the gas chambers.

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