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Germany: Public prosecutors indict 95-year-old woman on being accessory to murder in Nazi camp

Irmgard F, was charged Friday and accused of serving as a secretary from June 1943 and April 1945 for the camp commander at the Stutthof camp, 20 miles from the Polish city of Gdansk, which was known as Danzig under German rule at the time.
 

Germany Public prosecutors indict 95-year-old woman on being accessory to murder in Nazi camp-dnm
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Berlin, First Published Feb 6, 2021, 6:19 PM IST
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Berlin: Public prosecutors in Germany have indicted a 95-year-old woman for her role supporting the Nazi killing machinery as a secretary in a concentration camp, charging her with 10,000 counts of being an accessory to murder, and complicity in attempted murders.

Irmgard F, was charged Friday and accused of serving as a secretary from June 1943 and April 1945 for the camp commander at the Stutthof camp, 20 miles from the Polish city of Gdansk, which was known as Danzig under German rule at the time.

More than 95,000 people, including 14,000 Jews, are believed to have been executed at the Mauthausen camp alone, some of the millions who died during the years of the Holocaust in German-occupied Europe.

Prosecutors said that she had admitted that much of the correspondence related to the camp and many files crossed her desk and that she knew of some killings of inmates.

“It’s about the concrete responsibility she had in the daily functioning of the camp,” said Peter Müller-Rakow of the public prosecutor’s offices in Itzehoe, north of Hamburg, Germany. A regional court will decide whether to follow through on the indictment and start a trial, a process that could take from a few months to years.

Last year, a 93-year-old man was convicted in a juvenile court in Hamburg of being an accessory to 5,230 murders when he was a 17-year-old guard at Stutthof, reported the New York Times.

Over 60,000 people are believed to have died or been killed at Stutthof, which was the first concentration camp to be established by the Nazi regime outside Germany's borders.

With the last people involved in carrying out atrocities for the Nazi regime close to death, German authorities have been pushing hard to bring as many of them as possible to justice.

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