97-year-old woman dubbed Nazi ‘secretary of evil’ guilty of aiding over 10,000 murders
A 97-year-old woman was convicted of being an accessory to murder for her role as a secretary to the SS commander of the Stutthof concentration camp during World War 2.
09:28, Tue, Dec 20, 2022 | UPDATED: 16:00, Tue, Dec 20, 2022
Irmgard Furchner convicted of aiding over 10,000 murders
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Prosecutors have called for the Itzehoe state court in northern Germany to give a two-year suspended sentence to defendant Irmgard Furchner, who is accused of being part of the apparatus that helped the camp function.
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She was convicted for having “aided and abetted those in charge of the camp in the systematic killing of those imprisoned there between June 1943 and April 1945 in her function as a stenographer and typist in the camp commandant’s office”.
Defence lawyers have asked for their client to be acquitted, arguing that the evidence hadn’t shown beyond doubt that Furchner knew about the systematic killings at the camp, meaning there was no proof of intent as required for criminal liability.
In her closing statement, Furchner said she was sorry for what had happened and regretted that she had been at Stutthof at the time.