Germany, trial of Nazi crimes: conditional sentence for Irmgard Furchner, 97 years old

The defendant is now a 97-year-old lady in a wheelchair, unperturbed under her red hat while the prosecutor in the courtroom accuses her of having been an accomplice to murder. 77 years after the end of the Second World War, a German court today imposed two years of suspended detention on a former concentration camp secretary: Irmgard Furchner is accused of complicity in more than 11,000 murders in the Stutthof Nazi camp in the current Poland.

He was aware of what was happening

What concluded today in the court of Itzehoe, in northern Germany, is one of the latest trials for Nazi crimes. Prosecutor Maxi Wantzen said Irmgard Furchner was guilty of complicity in the “cruel and malicious” murder of more than 11,000 people. The woman at her time was just 18 years old and for her prosecutor her role was of essential importance to the realization of the Nazi death plan. Given her position, Irmgard Furchner was aware of what was happening in the camp: the absence of food and water and the spread of lethal diseases were conditions desired and maintained by the Nazi authorities, with the complicity of the former secretary.