The trial of a former SS medic on 3,681 counts of accessory to murder on allegations he helped the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp function appears close to collapse before it even opens, after a doctor found the 95-year-old defendant unfit to be transported to the court.
Presiding Judge Klaus Kabisch told the Neubrandenburg state court, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of Berlin, on Monday that a doctor over the weekend found Hubert Zafke was suffering from stress and high blood pressure, and had suicidal thoughts.
The trial’s opening was postponed until March 14, with both sides agreeing Zafke should be examined by doctors the morning of the proceedings to see if he is fit.
Zafke’s unit was allegedly involved in putting gas into gas chambers to kill Jews, among other things.
Zafke’s attorney insists his client did nothing criminal.