After fleeing a trial, a 96-year-old former Nazi secretary was apprehended in Germany.
A 96-year-old German lady was apprehended Thursday after police say she attempted to flee her trial on the day of her trial. She worked as a secretary at one of the Nazi camps in Poland during WWII and faces thousands of criminal counts relating to fatalities there.
Irmgard Furchner allegedly left her house near Hamburg and failed to appear at the start of her trial, prompting police to issue an arrest warrant. She was apprehended afterwards.
Between 1943 and 1945, Furchner worked as a secretarial assistant at the Stutthof concentration camp, where she is accused of being complicit in the deaths of 11,000 Jewish and Polish captives.
The lady, on the other hand, faces juvenile charges because she was under the age of 21 at the time of her alleged actions. She worked as a typewriter and office aide for the Nazi SS commander in charge of the camp.
Due to Furchner’s absence, her trial did not commence on Thursday as planned. Her next court appearance is set for Oct. 19. At the trial, some Holocaust survivors are expected to testify.
Officials said she will be medically tested to see if she is fit to be imprisoned.
Furchner is the first woman to face charges for Nazi Germany’s war crimes in more than three decades. According to prosecutors, her signature appears on official reports for deportation orders sending prisoners from Auschwitz to Stutthof.
She has already testified and been called as a witness in trials involving other Nazi leaders.
Furchner’s defense attorneys claim she was unaware of the Stutthof murders when she was working there.
During the Holocaust, Nazi Germany murdered about 6 million Jews and other inmates.
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