On September 12, 2017, a German court dropped its case against 96-year-old Hubert Zafke because he has dementia. Zafke was found unfit to stand trial for his role in the murder of 3,681 people at Auschwitz.
Zafke was accused of serving in the medic’s unit that placed Zyklon-B pesticide crystals into the gas chambers, where up to 6,000 Jews were killed per day, and was “supportive of the running of this extermination camp.”
Zafke admitted he served at Auschwitz, but said he did not see or participate in any of the murders. His attorney said he knew people were being murdered at Auschwitz but never took part in the killings.
Germany drops case against former Auschwitz medic, 96, in what could be last high-profile Nazi trial, JTA, (September 12, 2017).