German court convicts 97-year-old ex-Nazi camp typist

Furchner was sentenced under juvenile law, owing to the fact she was only 18 years old at the time of the crimes [File: Christian Charisius/Pool via Reuters]
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A German court has convicted a 97-year-old woman of complicity in the murder of more than 10,500 people during her time working as a typist at a Nazi concentration camp in World War II.

The state court in the town of Itzehoe, in northern Germany, handed Irmgard Furchner a two-year suspended sentence in line with prosecutors’ demands.

She was sentenced under juvenile law, owing to the fact she was only 18 years old at the time of the crimes.

Public prosecutor Maxi Wantzen said the trial was of “outstanding historical importance”.

She added that it was “potentially, due to the passage of time, the last of its kind”.

Systematic killing

Furchner worked at the Stutthof concentration camp between 1943 and 1945 and was accused of being part of the apparatus that helped it function.

She was alleged to have “aided and abetted those in charge of the camp in the systematic killing of those imprisoned there between June 1943 and April 1945 in her function as a stenographer and typist in the camp commandant’s office.”

Source: Aljazeera