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German court to deliver verdict on ex-secretary at Nazi camp



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BERLIN — A German court is expected to rule Tuesday on a 97-year-old woman charged with accomplices to murder for acting as a secretary to the SS commander of the Stutthof concentration camp during the World War. II.

Prosecutors have called on the Itzehoe state court in northern Germany to issue a ruling. two-year suspended sentence to defendant Irmgard Furchner, who was allegedly part of the apparatus that kept the camp running.

She is alleged to have “assisted and abetted those in charge of the camp in the systematic killing of those detained there from June 1943 to April 1945 as a stenographer and typist in the camp command office.”

Defense attorneys have asked their clients acquittedargues that the evidence does not show with certainty that Furchner knew about the systematic killings at the camp, that is, there was no evidence of intent as per the criminal liability claim.

In her closing statement, Furchner said she regretted what had happened and regretted that she was in Stutthof at the time.

Furchner is being tried in juvenile court because she was not yet 21 years old at the time of the alleged crime.

Defendant tried to ignore start her experiment in September 2021 but was later arrested by the police and detained for several days.

Originally a gathering point for Jews and non-Jewish Poles displaced from Danzig, now the Polish city of Gdansk, Stutthof has since circa 1940 been used as a “worker education camp”. , where forced laborers, mostly Polish and Soviet citizens, were sent to serve sentences and often die.

Since mid-1944, tens of thousands of Jews from the ghettos of the Baltics and from Auschwitz flooded the camp along with thousands of Polish civilians caught up in the Nazis’ brutal repression of the uprising. in Warsaw.

Others detained there include political prisoners, accused criminals, persons suspected of homosexual activity, and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

More than 60,000 people died there from lethal injection of gasoline or phenol directly to the heart, being shot or starved. Others were forced out in the winter without clothes until they died from exposure, or died in the gas chambers.

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