By Oisin Sweeney •
Published: 05 Feb 2021 • 21:34
The woman was a secretary at the Stuffhoff camp in Poland, where 65,000 people were killed - Image Source: Wikimedia
AN ELDERLY German woman will face trial for her alleged complicity in the murder of thousands while working at a Nazi death camp during World War 2.
Prosecutors in Germany have charged a 95-year-old woman with complicity in the murders of 10,000 people during her time as a secretary at Nazi Germany’s Stuthoff concentration camp.
Identified in German media as Irmgard F, the woman reportedly resides in an elderly home north of Hamburg and during the Second World War worked in Stuthoff. Located in Gdansk, Poland – which was the German city of Danzig at the time – the camp saw over 65,000 people slaughtered between 1939 and its liberation.
According to a statement issued by prosecutors, the woman “is accused of having assisted those responsible at the camp in the systematic killing of Jewish prisoners, Polish partisans and Soviet Russian prisoners of war in her function as a stenographer and secretary to the camp commander”.
A complex case has been formed against the woman including testimonies from camp survivors now living in the US and Israel. She is the latest former Nazi employee to face trial for past genocide complicity since the 2011 conviction of death camp guard John Demjanjuk set a legal precedent in Germany. Others who have faced trial for their historical crimes include an accountant who worked at Auschwitz and another man who worked as a guard in the same Polish camp.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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