Monday, October 25, 2021

Fugitive facing former Nazi concentration camp secretary

A former Nazi concentration camp secretary has been found in Germany after failing to appear in court for the start of his trial.

Irmgaard Furchner is accused of aiding in the murder of 11,412 people when she was an 18-year-old typist at the Stuthof concentration camp in occupied Poland during World War II between 1943 and 1945.

Court spokesman Friedrich Milhofer confirmed Thursday that Furchner, 96, was found after leaving her home early and taking a taxi “to an undisclosed location.”

Milhofer said an arrest warrant had been issued for Furchner and a physician was assessing whether he was fit enough to warrant imprisonment.

Furchner’s trial in the far northern city of Itzeho could not have begun without his presence. Milhofer said the next court hearing is on October 19.

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The latest to face charges of Holocaust crimes is what is regarded by prosecutors as a quick approach to seize final opportunities to seek justice for the victims of some of the worst mass murders in history. is a non-actor.

Between 1939 and 1945 about 65,000 people died in the gas chamber of the camp or from starvation and disease. The victims were Jews caught in the Nazi’s horrific extermination campaign and prisoners of war.

(Information of this report has been obtained from Reuters and AFP.)

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