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    A 95-year-old former medic at the Auschwitz death camp, Hubert Zafke, accused of more than 3,600 counts of accessory to murder went on trial in Neubrandenburg in north-eastern Germany on Monday, media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The BBC reported, citing the indictment, that Zafke had served for several weeks in the summer of 1944 in the medical unit at Auschwitz during World War Two while completely being aware that the camp functions as "an industrial-scale mass murder site."

    Zafke denied those charges, arguing that he only treated wounded soldiers and members of the Schutzstaffel (SS), a paramilitary organization under Adolf Hilter and the National Socialist German Worker's Party in Nazi Germany. According to the indictment, thousands of people died while he was there.

    That is the fourth attempt to conduct this trial since the three previous attempts were postponed due to medical concerns. After prosecutors read their charges against Zafke on Monday, the trial was postponed again until next Monday, the media reported.

    German Prosecutors are racing against time to secure convictions for the last surviving Nazis as the remaining defendants are all now in their nineties. Even those convicted rarely go to jail as every case is delayed for health reasons and the slow course of justice according to media reports.

    Some 1.1 million people, most of them European Jews died between 1940 and 1945 in Auschwitz, before it was liberated by Soviet forces.

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