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Auschwitz ‘selection Doctor’ Returned to Germany to Face Trial

Horst Schumann, 60, one of the “selection doctors” at the Auschwitz death camp, arrived in Brunswick by plane today on an extradition order, granted by Ghana courts at the request of the West German Government, to face war crimes charges. No date has been set for the trial.

Schumann was charged specifically with mass murders at Auschwitz and at the Grafenock concentration camps during the war. He fled to Ghana 15 years ago and last year a Ghana lower court approved the extradition request. Schumann lost an appeal last month. He had defended himself with the contention that he had only obeyed the orders of his superior officers and that his wartime activities were “political” in nature.

He was escorted by two West German officials from Ghana to West Germany.