Still 71 years after the fall of the Third Reich, Germany has criminal proceedings scheduled to try around a dozen former SS officers. Next month the trial of Hubert Zafke has been set, a former medical orderly at Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp from August 15, 1944 to September 14, 1944. The charge is 3,681 accounts of accessory to murder.
The German media has declared Zafke to be suffering from dementia and the court has acknowledged that his failing health will require many breaks and medical checks during the trial.
Teenager Anne Frank was among the many victims who arrived on 14 trains to the infamous death camp while Zafke was working as a medic. Prosecutors say the defendant was aware that he was employed by an extermination camp and was working to support their efforts. 1.1 million people, primarily Eastern European Jews died at Auschwitz between 1940 and 1945.