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Ghana Court Decides to Extradite Auschwitz Nazi Physician

Three judges of Ghana’s highest appeals court decided unanimously this weekend that Horst Schumann, the 60-year-old former Nazi physician, should be extradited to West Germany to face war crimes charges.

Schumann fled to Ghana after the collapse of Nazi Germany. He appealed a lower court order for his extradition on grounds he was charged with a “political” violation and not a criminal act. He admitted in testimony at the appeal hearing that he supervised the wartime killing of about 120,000 insane persons and that he performed sterilizations at the Auschwitz and Grafeneck death camps.