Hubert Zafke Trial: Auschwitz Medic, 95, Faces Trial In Germany

January 23, 2016 | By Garrett Montgomery More

Hubert Zafke’s trial is set to take place 72 years after the horrific events at Auschwitz’s Nazi death camp. Zafke, aka Hubert Z., 95, who was an Auschwitz paramedic will stand trial in Germany on charges of being an accessory to murder.

Hubert Zafke Trial

Hubert Zafke, also known as Hubert Z., will be facing a German judge next month for crimes he committed in 1944. Mr. Zafke, who is a 95-year-old retiree, worked as a guard and paramedic at the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp in Oswiecim, Poland.

Documents showed that Zafke was first hired/recruited as a sergeant at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp between October 1943 and January 1944, and worked as a paramedic between August 15 and September 1944. The elderly man has been charged with being an accessory to murder in the deaths of more than 3,681 people at the concentration camp.

According to court documents, authorities think that Zafke was aware that he was working in an extermination camp and that he was “supportive of the running of this extermination camp” where over 1.2 million people were murdered. They added:

“Given his awareness, the accused lent support to the organization of the camp and was thereby both involved in and advanced the extermination with these cruel and insidious killings of at least 3,681 people.”

They go on to say:

“Although classed as a medic, such personnel at Auschwitz were not concerned with the health of inmates, but often poured in the Zyklon-B pesticide crystals into the gas chamber to murder them.”

It has been confirmed that Zafke was present when famed writer Anne Frank and her family were brought in on a train from Holland’s Westerbork concentration camp on September 5, 1944, along with 498 men, 442 women, and 79 children.

He was jailed in 1948 in Poland for his involvement in Auschwitz, and few years later he moved back to Germany, sold agricultural products including Zyklon-B pesticide, married, and fathered four sons. In 2015, he was examined by psychiatric doctors appointed by the court, and was judged mentally sound enough to stand in a trial.

During the sessions, Zafke did not deny his service at Auschwitz, but claimed:

“I heard nothing, saw nothing, killed no-one.”

Zafke’s trial will begin on February 29.

What are your thoughts on Zafke’s statement?

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    1. Kenneth says:

      So after the war he sold Zyklon gas? Must have had a great sales pitch. Must try him before death rescues him!

    2. Buren Cullen says:

      Good morning,

    3. Barry Willig says:

      He killed people and assisted in killing others. He was an SS man and knew full well what he was doing and where he was doing it. A 2-year term might be a life sentence for this murderer of civilians.

    4. Buren Cullen says:

      Good morning,

      1. Too old for trial, let it go.
      2. The place was a labor camp according to my uncle who was there.
      3. Death camps do not have library , schools , music halls , swimming pools or cafeteria.
      4. The inmates mostly died from diseases brought on from starvation, which was caused buy USA bombing rail lines going into the camps.

      Buren

    5. Hank Mencken says:

      So. A very old man is about to be tried for taking part in an event that never happened. There was no gassing of 6,000,000 Jews, no plan to exterminated the Jews, and other than the word of a bunch of liars and tortured Germans, no proof that there was. The Jews have to keep their vicious slander alive by making more evil Nazi movies and abusing old men they can chase down.

      • Myrna Cobart says:

        What rock have you been hiding under? I take it that you are a NAZI by reading your comment!! Never happened??? Yeah Right!!! It is too bad this man is 95, I would love for him to spend the rest of his life in a death camp and be tortured just as his VICTIMS were!!!!!!! And IDIOTS like you should be right there BESIDE him!!!


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