Irmgard Furchner: Former concentration camp secretary (96) has to go to court



Itzehoe (Schleswig-Holstein) – A former secretary in the German concentration camp Stutthof near Gdansk has to answer in court from September 30th.

The Itzehoe district court opened the main proceedings on Friday, as a court spokeswoman said. Irmgard Furchner, 96, has been charged with aiding and abetting more than 11,000 murder and attempted murder cases. The National Socialists murdered tens of thousands of people in the Stutthof concentration camp.

In the 1940s, Furchner was the typist for camp commandant Paul-Werner Hoppe in Stutthof. According to the indictment of the Itzehoe public prosecutor’s office, she is said to have “in her function as a typist and typist in the camp commandant’s office of the former Stutthof concentration camp between June 1943 and April 1945 helped those responsible for the camp in the systematic killing of those imprisoned there”. It was about Jewish prisoners, Polish partisans and Soviet prisoners of war.

Furchner, who lives in a nursing home in Quickborn (near Hamburg) in Schleswig-Holstein, has already testified twice as a witness to her role in Stutthof, in 1954 and 1962. In 1954 she stated that all correspondence with the SS Economic Administration Main Office walked across her desk. Commander Hoppe had dictated letters to her every day and ordered radio messages. She said at the time that she knew nothing about the killing machinery that killed tens of thousands of people in the immediate vicinity while she was on duty.

The proceedings in September will take place in front of a youth chamber because the accused was still an adolescent at the time of the crime, at 18 or 19 years of age.

▶ In the summer of 2020, the cruel deeds that were committed in the Stutthof concentration camp came into focus. At that time, the 93-year-old Bruno D. (93) had to answer for aiding and abetting murder in more than 5230 cases before the Hamburg district court.

As an SS guard, Bruno D. supported “the insidious and cruel killing, especially of Jewish prisoners”, in the Stutthof concentration camp between August 9, 1944 and April 26, 1945.

On July 23, 2020, Bruno D. was found guilty of aiding and abetting murder in 5232 cases and of aiding and abetting attempted murder in the Stutthof concentration camp.

While the public prosecutor’s office demanded a three-year youth sentence after the nine-month trial, the defense pleaded for acquittal.

The presiding judge, Anne Meier-Göring, sentenced him to two years probation.

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