The first woman to be prosecuted for Nazi-era crimes in decades, Irmgard F., a secretary for the SS commander of the Stutthof concentration camp, sits in the courtroom in Itzehoe, Germany. She is charged with complicity in the murder of more than 10,000 people. 📸: Marcus Brandt
Over 65,000 people, mainly Jews, were killed at the Stutthof Nazi camp, most by gas chamber or starvation. Thousands more were killed in so-called death marches when the Nazis evacuated it in 1945. Irmgard Furchner is accused of being complicit in at least 11,412 killings.
A 96-year-old former secretary for the Stutthof concentration camp’s SS commander appeared before a court in northern Germany on Tuesday to formally hear the charges against her.
A 96-year-old German woman charged for mass murder at a Nazi death camp was caught after going "on the run" before trial. She is charged for aiding 11,412 murders while working as a typist at Stutthof, where over 65,000 people — mainly Jews — were killed by gas chamber or abuse.
Germany convicted an ex-Nazi guard for his role in murdering 5,232 people at a WWII concentration camp. Over 60,000 were killed at Stutthof, mainly Jews, many by gas chamber or forced labor. One of the last trials for Nazi-era crimes, he was given a 2-year suspended sentence.
WATCH: A German court has convicted 93-year-old former private Bruno Dey of being an accessory to 5,232 murders at the Stutthof concentration camp, where he served as a guard in the final months of World War II.
Dey was 17 at the time, and a member of the SS unit charged with administering and guarding the camps. Dey has admitted to serving as a guard at Stutthof from August 1944 to April 1945, but denies the accusation that he had any role in the murders.