96 & She Runs from Court
By Micah Halpern
Friday October 1, 2021
A 96 year-old woman named Irmgard Furchner skipped her hearing in Germany. She got up and ran away – or rather, hobbled away.
The woman has since been caught. She ran because she was to stand trial for her role in Stutthof, a Nazi concentration camp in Poland where, between 1943 and 1945 she worked as a typist.
Furchner is charged with accessory to the murder of 11, 412 people. At the time, she was 18 years-old and so, she is being tried in Germany, as a minor.
Very early in the morning on the opening day of her trial, she left her home and took a cab. An arrest warrant was issued and she was found. After undergoing medical testing, the trial is slated to begin.
This is the latest in a series of trials of elderly Nazis and they will be the last of Nazi trials.
These former Nazis played minor roles in the murder process. In the first few decades after the Holocaust there was a concerted effort to find Nazis and bring them to trial. The targets of those searches were those Nazis who played significant roles in the murder process.
The objective today is to use these last Nazis trials as teaching moments.
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