96-YEAR OLD FORMER NAZI SECRETARY NABBED HOURS AFTER SKIPPING TRIAL FOR WAR CRIMES
So it seems justice is still in the offing for (now) old Nazi war criminals. And one of them recently tried to skip out on their court date and trial for said crimes from over 75 years ago. Her name is Irmgard Furchner, now 96 years of age. Decades ago, she served as a SS secretary at the Stutthof concentration camp. Looking at the math there, she was 20 or 21 years at the time. But the hunt to bring Nazi war criminals to justice hasn’t waned at all, and age is no immunity for all the murders of Jews and others from that terrible time. But Furchner decided, at the last minute, of skipping her trial by jumping into a taxi and fleeing justice. Just hours later, authorities nabbed the former Nazi secretary and took her into custody.
CONCENTRATION CAMP NAZI SECRETARY AN ACCESSORY TO OVER 11,000 MURDERS
So usually we tend to look at the age of 96 and feel some automatic sympathy. But that ripe and quite old age doesn’t provide immunity from the horrible crimes of the past, even for an old Nazi secretary. Furchner was set to go to trial in Itzehoe, Germany, as an accessory to over 11,000 murders at the Stutthof concentration camp. Previously, Furchner has said that she didn’t want to come to court and be subject to the trial. Saying that wasn’t sufficient grounds for authorities to detain her before the trial. Well, and authorities didn’t think her age and condition would make her much of a flight risk. They may want to rethink that for the next one…
STUTTHOF CONCENTRATION CAMP KILLED OVER 60,000, AND NAZI SECRETARY FINALLY FACES JUSTICE
So here’s a little reminder of what happened at the Stutthof concentration camp all those years ago. More than 60,000 people died there. Some received lethal injections of gasoline or phenol directly into their hearts. Others were shot dead or died slowly from starvation. Still others were put outside naked, left to die of exposure. And last, but not least, others died in gas chambers. And Stutthof was a Nazi secretary helping to facilitate over 11,00 of those terrible murders. Her attempt to evade justice won’t likely help her case, all these years later.