Ex-Auschwitz medic to go on trial for over 3,600 counts of accessory to murder

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A flower is attached at a barbed wire fence at the former Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp during the 'March of the Living' at in Oswiecim, Poland on April 16, 2015. The annual march honours Holocaust victims at the former Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in southern Poland. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

(January 20, 2016) — A 95 year-old German man will go on trial next month for crimes allegedly committed during his time as a medical attendant at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland, a district court in Germany said in a statement.

The man, identified as Hubert Z., is accused of being an accessory to at least 3,681 murders over a one month period in 1944.

Anne Frank and her family arrived at the notorious Nazi camp during this time, the statement said.

The prosecution alleges that the former SS member was aware killings were being conducted on an “industrial scale” at the camp.

He previously spent four years in a Polish prison for crimes committed at Auschwitz during a different period of World War II.

It is unknown if he’ll be fit to travel for trial, the statement said. Court proceedings are scheduled to start on February 29.

German courts typically identify defendants by their first name and the initial of their last name.