Nazi concentration camp secretary charged in connection with 10,000 murders

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The woman, who now lives in a retirement home in north Germany, has been charged by prosecutors following an investigation. Prosecutors said in a statement: “She is accused of having assisted those responsible at the camp in the systematic killing of Jewish prisoners, Polish partisans and Soviet Russian prisoners of war in her function as a stenographer and secretary to the camp commander.” Over 10,000 people were killed in the Stutthof concentration camp’s gas chambers throughout the war.

In their statement, prosecutors stated the charges ran from June 1943 to April 1945. 

The accused, who was not named by prosecutors, was a minor at the time and so will be tried in juvenile court. 

Prosecutors in the north German city of Itzehoe stated she will also be tried for complicity in attempted murder. 

No time for her court date has been set yet. 

Germany has been working to try Nazi staff who worked at concentration camps during the war. 

This has stepped since the 2011 conviction of former guard, John Demjanjuk. 

On the basis of working as part of the Nazi apparatus, he was later charged by prosecutors. 

The most recent case is that of 93-year-old former SS guard Bruno Dey, who was handed a two-year suspended sentence by a court in Hamburg. 

Dey had also worked at the Stutthof concentration camp which was set up in 1939. 

Accountant at Auschwitz Oskar Groening and former guard Reinhold Hanning, were both also found guilty following trials. 

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