Germany: a former secretary of a Nazi camp sentenced after a trial for History

Germany: a former secretary of a Nazi camp sentenced after a trial for History

Germany a former secretary of a Nazi camp sentenced after

Aged 18 to 19 at the time, Irmgard Furchner was employed as a typist and secretary to the camp commandant, Paul Werner Hoppe. According to her defence, the trial did not prove that she had knowledge of the systematic murders in Stutthof. But, the argument was quickly swept away by the judges.

Refuting the idea that she had been, as she claimed, “a naive young secretary”, the Court held that “nothing” had not been “hidden from the accused”. She “had a relationship of trust” with the commander, continues the verdict. Typing the letters of the latter, Irmgard Furchner had access to the “confidential information”.

Irmgard Furchner’s support for the Nazi machine therefore consisted “to write down the commanding officer’s orders”, explained judge Dominik Gross. Because of her age at the time of the crimes, she was appearing before a special court for young people.

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