March 24, 2023

96-year-old ex-Nazi secretary who evaded trial is found murdering 11,000 people in Germany

GERMANY – A former secretary of the Nazi Stutthof concentration camp fled on Thursday to avoid prosecution for crimes against humanity after helping to kill nearly 11,000 people. Irmgard Forchner, 96, was scheduled to stand trial in the court of the city of Itzehoe, northern Germany, but according to hearing spokesperson Friedrich Mihover, she was found hours later. Information about your search was not disclosed.

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“The defendant was found … a doctor. The doctor will determine whether she can be detained and the court will later decide whether or not to issue an arrest warrant,” Mihofer revealed.

At the time of the escape, she was not found by the police who came to pick her up at the nursing home where she lives, in the town of Quickborn.

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According to information received from AFP, a spokeswoman for the hearing stated that she had escaped by taxi. The court issued a search and arrest warrant against the woman, who had previously informed the judges of her unwillingness to appear before the court for trial. The prosecution considers her a complicity in the death because she passed on all the documents obtained on the spot.

“It’s a display of an astonishing disrespect for the rule of law and survivors,” said Christoph Hubner, deputy chair of the International Auschwitz Committee, which represents Nazi concentration camp survivors and their families.

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Irmgard worked as a stenographer (a professional who transcribes certificates in real time) and as a secretary at the Sothof concentration camp between June 1943 and April 1945, until it was closed by the Red Army. Today the site is located on the coast of Poland, but previously belonged to the German region of Pomerania. The German Center for the Clarification of Nazi Crimes in Ludwigsburg estimates that about 65,000 people died in and around this concentration camp.

She will be prosecuted under the Juvenile Criminal Law because, according to the prosecution, she committed the crimes when she was 18, the first trial case of Nazi-linked women in decades.

This would not be the first testimony of the former secretary, already given to the court in 1954 and 1962, who at times admitted that the documents signed by Paul Werner Hope, the camp commander, were dictated by her, but claimed that she was not aware of this. the death.