Nazi ‘Secretary of Evil’ Irmgard Furchner, 97, is appealing his conviction for more than 10,000 deaths

A 97-year-old woman is appealing her conviction in Germany for being an accomplice to more than 10,000 murders when she was secretary to the commandant of Nazi concentration camp Stutthof during World War II.

In a December 20 verdict, Itzehoe State Court sentenced Irmgard Furchner to a two-year suspended sentence for aiding and abetting murder in 10,505 cases and aiding and abetting attempted murder in five cases. The court said on Wednesday that the defense and counsel for a co-plaintiff had appealed to the Federal Court of Justice.

It was not immediately clear when the federal court will hear the case.

Furchner was accused of being part of the apparatus that helped the camp near Danzig, now the Polish city of Gdansk, operate between June 1943 and April 1945.

The case relied on a German legal precedent set over the past decade that allows anyone who helped run Nazi death camps and concentration camps to be prosecuted as an accomplice to the murders there. were committed, even without proof of participation in a specific murder.

Irmgard Furchner sits next to his lawyers Niklas Weber (2nd R) and Wolf Molkentin (R) in a courtroom in Itzehoe, northern Germany, December 20, 2022.
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Defense lawyers had called for Furchner’s acquittal, arguing that the evidence had not shown beyond doubt that she knew of the systematic killings at the Stutthof camp, meaning there was no no evidence of intent as required for criminal liability.

But presiding judge Dominik Gross said when announcing the verdict that it was “simply beyond imagination” that Furchner had failed to notice the murders in Stutthof.

Furchner was tried in juvenile court because she was 18 and 19 when the alleged crimes were committed and the court could not establish beyond doubt her ‘maturity of mind’ at the time .

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