Irmgard Furchner was convicted of Nazi crimes, specifically his work as a secretary in the Stutthof concentration camp. Louisa von Richthofen, who attended her trial, said she believes her justice was served despite her lenient sentence.
In the small and quiet town of Itzehoe, this day is different because of the many trials that have taken place. Nazi crime. The court then delivered its verdict in one of the last trials against the regime.
Irmgard Fruchner Aged 97, sentenced to two years in prison with a suspended sentence. Allegations: Complicit in the murder of more than 10,505 people.
in his youth, Irmgard Fruchner She was a typist at the German Nazi concentration camp of Stutthof on Polish territory.
As the camp commander’s secretary, she helped keep the killing machine running smoothly. Now he had to answer it.
“For me, this verdict is historic.” add.
One of the last Nazi crime trials
It has to do with the fact that Irmgard Furchner is one of the last links in a long chain of perpetrators and collaborators in the genocide of European Jews who were docked in court.
She is also the first private employee (i.e. he was not a member of the Nazi SS) Criminal proceedings are being held against whom.
Thus, German justice ultimately demonstrates that everyone who participated in the operation of the Nazi regime’s concentration camp system in Germany must be held accountable.
Secondly, through this verdict, more was learned about Stutthoff.
This type of litigation is always accompanied by extensive investigations.
About 14 months after the process started, the summary sheet increased significantly. Fourteen male and female witnesses testified, eight of whom were concentration camp survivors.
Some of them spoke for the first time in front of public opinion. This is not a legal paperwork. They are historical revelations and testimonies.
Important for Victim’s Descendants
Third, the process can have a healing effect, especially on the victim’s family and descendants.
Here, a German court recognizes his suffering and terrible experience in a concentration camp.
Some have had to wait a lifetime for this. They talked to me privately about the pain and doubt that had plagued them for years until they weren’t sure if the horrors of the concentration camps were just a bad dream.
Thankfully it’s over now.
Finally, perhaps there is hope that this sign is both a wake-up call for perpetrators and a global warning. Bucha (Ukraine), Mai Kadra (Ethiopia), or Aleppo (Syria) They can no longer move around the world with impunity.
many open questions
When I talk to eyewitnesses, I often feel their doubts, and I share that to some extent. Doubts multiply.
After 78 years, why is this judgment taking place?
Why did even the latest investigation into Irmgard Furchner take four years?
What makes a former secretary a symbol of the Nazi regime’s systematic murder?
Why drag an old woman into the spotlight of world public opinion when the real perpetrators, like her superior, camp commandant Paul Werner Hoppe, were released from prison after three years?
From then on, Hoppe, like many other Nazi criminals, lived a quiet life in the new Federal Republic.
You can and should ask yourself these questions.
Overall, we feel justice has been done in this somewhat moderate verdict. and in spite of all doubts It is a ray of hope in these dark days.