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The former secretary of the concentration camp commander heard the indictment

The former secretary of the concentration camp commander heard the indictment

Irmgard Forchner faces charges of more than 11,000 complicity in murder.

19. October 2021 at 16:00 SITA

Berlin. The 90-year-old former secretary of the SS chief at Stutthof concentration camp went to court on Tuesday to formally hear the charges against her. They read the indictment at Itzehu Court near Hamburg.

Irmgard Forchner faces charges of more than 11,000 complicity in murder.

Last month, I tried to escape the start of the trial. After that, the police detained her and held her for several days. She was brought to court in a wheelchair on Tuesday.

According to the indictment, Forchner “helped the camp administration in the systematic killing of prisoners from June 1943 to April 1945 as a stenographer and clerk in the office of the camp commander.”

Instead, the pensioner stated that she worked as a secretary to SS officer Paul Werner Hoebe in Stutthof. However, she claimed that she never entered the concentration camp and had no idea what murders took place there.

Hubei was sentenced in 1957 to nine years in prison. He died in 1974. German public television in the GDR quoted Forchner in a statement issued in 1954 when she stated, as a witness at the trial, that all of Hopi’s correspondence with the SS high management passed through her office and that the commander dictated the wording to her each day.

She allegedly believed that Hope’s executions were a punishment for the crimes.

In Germany, there is legal precedent that anyone who helped run a Nazi camp can be prosecuted as an accomplice in the murders they committed there. Germany is considered a juvenile because she was under 21 years old at the time of the crime.

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