A secretary in a Nazi concentration camp was charged with complicity in the murders of 10,000 people during the Holocaust, German prosecutors said today.
The 95-year-old woman was a stenographer and secretary to the commandant of the Stutthof concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.
Identified by the German media as Irmgard F, she is accused of “supporting” her superiors in the systematic murders of Jewish prisoners, Polish partisans and Soviet prisoners of war between 1943 and 1945.
It is the first such case against an employee in years, as authorities try to bring the last surviving suspects to justice 76 years after the end of World War II.
A secretary from the former Stutthof concentration camp, pictured in 2016, was charged with complicity in the murders of 10,000 people during the Holocaust
The woman, who lives in an old people’s home and is considered healthy enough to stand trial, is being tried in a juvenile court because she was a minor at the time of the Holocaust.
She is charged with “complicity in murder in more than 10,000 cases” and complicity in attempted murder, according to the public prosecutor in the city of Itzehoe.
In an earlier interview with NDR, she claimed that she never entered the camp herself and insisted that she only found out about the atrocities after the war.
Your boss, SS officer Paul Werner Hoppe was convicted of his role in the camp and sentenced to nine years in prison by a West German court in 1957. He died in 1974.
The secretary worked for the Nazi commander Paul Werner Hoppe (picture), who was convicted by a West German court in 1957 and died in 1974