Story at a glance

  • A former secretary at the Stutthof Nazi concentration camp appeared in court Monday after attempting to evade her trial late last month.
  • Furchner is accused of having contributed to the murder of 11,412 people while serving as a typist at the Stutthof concentration camp between 1943 and 1945.
  • The former camp typist attempted to flee from a court appearance Sept. 30 before being apprehended by authorities.

A former secretary at the Stutthof Nazi concentration camp appeared in court Tuesday after attempting to evade her trial late last month. 

Ninety-six-year-old Irmgard Furchner was indicted in Itzehoe, Germany on more than 11,000 counts of accessory to murder, ABC News reported

Furchner is accused of having contributed to the murder of 11,412 people while serving as a typist at the Stutthof camp between 1943 and 1945. She reportedly did not respond to the charges in court Tuesday. 

The former camp typist attempted to flee from a court appearance Sept. 30 before being apprehended by authorities as the indictment could not be read without her. 


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The conviction of former concentration camp guard John Demjanjuk in 2011 set a legal precedent to try individuals for their roles as part of the larger Nazi apparatus. Prior to Demjanjuk’s case, prosecutors focused primarily on those responsible for ordering killings.

Furchner allegedly transcribed execution orders at the behest of the camp commandant, Paul-Werner Hoppe, who was convicted as an accessory to murder in 1955.

Peter Mueller-Rakow, spokesman for prosecutors in Itzehoe, told The Associated Press after the charges were initially levied in February that the woman would be tried as a juvenile given that she was under the age of 21 at the time of her alleged crimes.


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Published on Oct 19, 2021