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Ex-Nazi death camp 'secretary of evil' arrested after going on the run

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An arrest warrant was issued for Irmgard Furchner, 96, when she did not turn up to the first day of her trial on Thursday. Ms Furchner is facing charges of assisting in the murder of 11,412 prisoners at Stutthof concentration camp, just over 30 miles east of Danzig, Poland. Her trial could be the last Nazi trial in Germany, and, after her escape, the trial was postponed until October 19.

According to the Ludwigsburg office responsible for investigating Nazi crimes, approximately 65,000 people died in the Stutthof concentration camp, its sub-camps, and on death marches.

Frederike Milhoffer, a court spokesperson, said: “The accused is on the run.”

The court spokesperson continued: ‘I have received information that at some time before 7.30am this morning, the accused took a taxi to the underground station at Norderstedt.”

More than 50 journalists and spectators, as well as 12 representatives of the 30 co-plaintiffs, were waiting this morning for the trial to start.

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Earlier this month, Ms Furchner wrote to the court to request that she would be tried in absentia.

She detailed: “Due to my age and physical limitations I will not attend the court dates and ask the defense attorney to represent me.”

She is, however, required to be physically present in the courtroom, and cannot stand trial in absentia.

Ms Furchner will be tried in an adolescent court, as she was within this age bracket at the time of the alleged crimes.

Her planned trial followed the conviction of “Bruno D.”, 93, who was convicted last year over his role at Stutthof concentration camp.

He was also tried in a juvenile court due to his age at the time he worked as a security guard at Stutthof.

He was convicted of abetting the murder of 5,230 people at the Hamburg district court in 2020.

Most of the victims who perished at Stutthof camp died as a result of the conditions in which they were held.

At least 200 people were killed in locked chambers with the cyanide-based pesticide known as Zyklon B.

In 2015, the man known as the “accountant of Auschwitz” or the “book-keeper of Auschwitz” was sentences to four years for being an accessory to murder.

Oskar Groening recorded items taken from prisoners as they arrived at Auschwitz concentration and extermination camps.

He died before he could begin his sentence.

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.



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