Germany, the 97-year-old former secretary of a concentration camp on trial for complicity in 11,000 murders.  The required penalty?  Just two years in prison

Germany, the 97-year-old former secretary of a concentration camp on trial for complicity in 11,000 murders. The required penalty? Just two years in prison

77 years after the end of the Second World War, the prosecutor of the German court of Itzehoe has asked to sentence to two years’ imprisonment – with suspended sentence – Irmgard Furchner97, a former Nazi concentration camp secretary and stenographer from Stutthofnear Danzig (in present-day Poland), accused of complicity in over 11,000 homicides. This is one of the last pending trials for Nazi crimes. The prosecutor found Furchner guilty of complicity in the “cruel and malicious murder” of thousands of camp inmates.

In September 2021, the elderly woman – who worked in Stutthof between 1943 and 1945 – she had been stopped by the police near Hamburg airport, after being fled from the retirement home where he was a guest not to submit to the trial, which began on November 9 of the same year. After the attempted escape she was placed in pre-trial detention in prison. With the fall of Nazism, she Furchner had changed her name and married a former SS officer, whom she had met in the concentration camp. Called to testify in three trials between 1954 and 1982, she always had denied his responsibilities.

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