97-year-old former concentration camp secretary convicted of war crimes

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 97-year-old former concentration camp secretary convicted of war crimes

A district court in the northern city of Itzehoe in Germany has sentenced Irmgard Furchner to two years' probation for aiding and abetting the murder of 10,505 people and the attempted murder of five people, a court spokesman said. The court statement says that the prisoners were “brutally killed by gassing, inhuman conditions in the camp, and sent on so-called” death marches “.

About 65,000 people died from starvation and disease or in the gas chambers at the camp at Stutthof, near Gdansk in Poland. Among them were prisoners of war and Jews captured by the Nazi extermination campaign.

“The role of the defendant was to prepare the documents that were necessary to organize the camp and commit brutal, systematic murders”,– the court said in a statement.

“It is very important to the survivors and to us today that this trial be completed and a verdict of guilt be reached,” – said Public Prosecutor Maxi Wantzen.

The indictment initially accused Furchner of aiding and abetting the murder of 11,412 people, but there was not enough evidence to convince the court of her guilt in each individual case.
In a closing statement to her court earlier this month, Furchner said she regretted what had happened and that she was in Stutthof at the time.
at that time, even the secretary played in the bureaucracy of the concentration camp, significant, – said the prosecutor.

Furchner worked in Stutthof from 1943 to 1945 and was convicted under the juvenile law because she was between 18 and 19 years old at the time.

Beginning of the trial over Furchner was delayed in September 2021 when she went into hiding for a short time. She was caught a few hours after she failed to appear in court.

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