German prosecutors filed charges against A. A 95-year-old woman said she helped her Carrying out the “systematic killing of Jewish prisoners” alongside Polish rebels and Russian prisoners of war.
The woman, who testified against the leader of the Nazi camp in the 1950s and has been the subject of an investigation since at least 2016, was charged with 10,000 counts of complicity in murder and an unspecified number of charges of complicity in the attempted murder.
In a twist, the case is handled by a juvenile court because the woman was under the age of 21 when she was working as a secretary at the Stutthof concentration camp near Gdansk on the Baltic coast of Poland. NPR reported.
The woman’s name was not mentioned, but First Prosecutor Peter Mueller Raku used the term “Heranwachsenden” to refer to her. German law uses the term to refer to a person between the ages of 18 and 21.
She was 18 or 19 years old when she started working on the Nazi camp in June 1943. She was a close assistant to the SS commander there until April 1945. The camp was one of the camps that used Zyklon B gas chambers to exterminate prisoners. More than 60,000 people have died there.
In an interview with a German radio station in late 2019, the woman, identified as “Irmgard F.”, said she had repeatedly provided witness testimonies to the authorities about what she saw and did in Stutthof. She claimed she was not aware of mass poisonings or other acts of genocide – partly because her office window was facing the outside of the camp, NPR reported. She said she had never set foot in the camp itself, according to the Associated Press.
In 1957, Stutthof captain Paul Werner Hoppe was sentenced to nine years in prison. He passed away in 1974. In the interview, Irmgard F. said she testified at his trial that all of Hubei’s correspondence with the top management of the SS went past her office and that the commander was dictating her messages daily, the AP reported. She said she was not aware of prisoners being exposed to the gas, but told the authorities at the time that she was aware that Hubei had ordered the death penalty, which she assumed was punishment for wrongdoing.
Last year, Bruno Day, a 93-year-old former goalkeeper at Stutthof, was as well He was convicted of being a follower In killing more than 5,200 prisoners – but they escaped from a two-year suspended prison sentence. He was among the witnesses in his trial at the time Asia Sheindelman, 91Who escaped camp and eventually settled in Wayne, New Jersey.