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Germany. The trial of the former secretary of the Stutthof concentration camp. Defense lawyers want an acquittal

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Defenders of the former secretary of the commandant of the German Nazi concentration camp Stutthof want her acquitted. The lawyers of the 97-year-old woman argue that she did not know about the atrocities and crimes committed in the camp against the prisoners held there. In a closing statement before the court in Itzehoe, where the trial is taking place, the defendant said she was “sorry about what was happening in the camp and regretted being there at the time.”

Lawyers for 97-year-old Irmgard Furchner, a former secretary to the commandant of the German Nazi Stutthof concentration camp, filed for an acquittal of their client on Tuesday, arguing that Furchner knew nothing about the atrocities committed at the camp, the Associated Press reported.

According to a spokesperson for the Itzehoe district court, where Furchner’s trial is taking place, the defendant said in her closing statement that she “sorries about what happened in the camp and regrets being there at the time.”

Former German Nazi concentration camp Stutthof in Sztutowo near GdańskShutterstock

Lawyers for the former secretary of the camp commandant request her acquittal, arguing that the evidence did not prove beyond reasonable doubt that Furchner knew about the systematic killings in the camp, meaning that there was no intentional action on her part, which is required to prove criminal liability.

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The trial of the former secretary of the Stutthof concentration camp

Furchner is charged with complicity in the murder of over 11,000 people. According to prosecutor Maxi Wantzen, the woman, due to her work for the commandant of this German Nazi camp, knew about the crimes committed there and was informed “in detail” about all the methods of murder that were systematically used there.

The trial of the former commander’s secretary began in autumn 2021. The case is being reviewed by the Juvenile Division of Itzehoe City because the defendant was under 21 years of age at the time of the crime, a juvenile within the meaning of the Juvenile Court Act.

Victims of the Stutthof concentration camp

In the Stutthof camp in Sztutowo near Gdańsk, the Germans imprisoned over 100,000 people during World War II, including many Jews. According to the data of the Main Office for the Investigation of Nazi Crimes in Ludwigsburg, about 65,000 people died in the Stutthof concentration camp and its sub-camps.

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