(ReliableNews.org) – The hunt for war criminals from WWII has spanned more than half a century, and the clock is quickly running out as few survivors from that dreaded war remain. Recently, the wheels of justice caught up with a former Nazi prison worker.
On Tuesday, October 19, 96-year-old Irmgard Furchner faced a judge in the northern German town of Itzehoe for her role as a typist and stenographer for the commandant of the Stuffhof concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland during the Holocaust. Prosecutors charged her as an accessory to murder in over 11,000 of the more than 60,000 individuals who died in the camp between 1943 and 1945.
A 96-year-old German woman who was caught shortly after going on the run ahead of a court hearing last month on charges of committing war crimes at the Stutthof concentration camp appeared before a judge on Tuesday. https://t.co/QxGUKSFK4V
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The court initially scheduled Furchner’s trial to begin on September 30. However, she successfully fled for several hours, but law enforcement officials located and arrested her later that day. Despite her advanced age, prosecutors are trying Furchner as a minor because she was a teenager when she allegedly committed her crimes.
Although the long arm of the law finally caught up with Furchner, arguably, she did get away with her horrific crimes for most of the balance of her life. Still, the continued pursuit of justice remains vital to many because it serves as a warning to future generations not to follow her lead.
Similarly, closure of war crimes cases frequently provides essential historical and political insight into the underlying reasons why events like the Holocaust ever took place.
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