97-year-old former secretary at Nazi camp convicted in Germany

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Irmgard Furchner has been accused of being an accessory to the murder of over 10,000 people at the Nazi Stutthof concentration camp    

A court in northern Germany has convicted a 97-year–old woman who worked as a secretary to the SS commander of the Nazis’ Stutthof concentration camp, during World War II. According to a report by the Associated Press on Tuesday, December 20, the accused named Irmgard Furchner has been held accountable for being an accessory to the murder of over 10,000 people at the concentration camp. 

The judgement issued by the Itzehoe state court, as per the report said, “Furchner knew and, through her work as a stenographer in the commandant’s office of the Stutthof concentration camp from June 1, 1943, to April 1, 1945, deliberately supported the fact that 10,505 prisoners were cruelly killed by gassings, by hostile conditions in the camp”.  

The court also said, “The promotion of these acts by the accused took place through the completion of paperwork in the camp commander’s office,”, adding, “This activity was necessary for the organization of the camp and the execution of the cruel, systematic acts of killing”.  

The verdict given by the court and the sentence issued were in accordance with the demands made by the prosecutors in the case, the report said. But the Defence lawyer had demanded Furchner to be acquitted.  

Meanwhile the report said, Furchner in her closing statement during the court hearing stated, she regretted being at the Stutthof camp at the time and apologized for what happened.

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