NEUBRANDENBURG, Germany — The trial of a former SS medic on 3,681 counts of accessory to murder for allegedly helping the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp function appeared close to collapse Monday, after a doctor found the 95-year-old unfit to be transported to the court…
Prosecutors allege that Zafke’s unit was involved in putting gas into gas chambers to kill Jews and others, screening blood and other samples from hospitalized women prisoners, and otherwise helping the camp run by treating SS guard personnel.
They say the unit was also involved in auxiliary guard duties.
Zafke’s attorney insists his client was just a medic who did nothing criminal at Auschwitz.
The trial is one of several in recent years to arise from a shift in German legal thinking. Prosecutors have successfully argued that since Nazi death camps’ entire purpose was to murder Jews and others, helping the camp run in any manner makes one an accessory to those murders.
That last sentence is key.
With a 60+ year hindsight to Monday-morning-quarterback, with the horrific immediacy of the situation a distant memory, we are expected to believe a single medic ought to have single-handedly rejected military orders and risked getting himself killed.
And said medic, now 95 years old and near death, must still pay.
Can’t we also sue his family, tax them, and otherwise destroy them?
Stay classy, Germany!