Former Nazi Death Camp Secretary, 96, faces trial

A former secretary in a Nazi concentration camp, now 96 years old, faced court in Germany on Thursday (30/9) on charges of involvement in the killing of 10,000 people. This is the first case in recent years against a woman.

Irmgard Furchner was a teenager when he worked in the office of the camp director at Stutthof in occupied Poland, near the city of Danzig, now known as Gdansk.

Furchner “assisted those responsible in the camps in the systematic killing of Jewish prisoners, Polish opponents of the occupation, and Soviet prisoners of war, in his duties as stenographer and secretary of the camp commander” between June 1943 and April 1945, according to prosecutors.

Still a minor at the time of the alleged crime, Furchner faces charges of “assisting and instigating murder in more than 10,000 cases” and involvement in attempted murder, prosecutors from the city of Itzehoe added.

A barbed wire fence and a watchtower at Stutthof, the former Nazi Death Camp in Sztutowo, July 21, 2020.

A barbed wire fence and a watchtower at Stutthof, the former Nazi Death Camp in Sztutowo, July 21, 2020.

Despite his age, the defendant, who lives in a nursing home near Hamburg, was declared fit for trial but he has not commented on the charges.

The trial will open one day before the 75th anniversary of the end of the Nuremberg trials, in which prominent Nazi members, including Hermann Goering, were held accountable for their roles in the regime.

But time is running out for prosecutors trying to bring in ex-SS members, the Nazi paramilitary group overseeing mass executions, and their functionaries, as the wartime generation begins to disappear.

A week after the trial in Itzehoe began, another trial for a former camp guard who is now a hundred years old and accused of being a accomplice in the murder of more than 3,500 people will begin in Neuruppin in the state of Brandenburg.

Now the team of prosecutors is working on nine more cases, while the agency responsible for investigating Nazi crimes is still investigating seven other cases. [lt/uh]

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