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A 96-year-old former secretary to the SS commander of the Stutthof concentration camp appeared in a court in northern Germany on Tuesday to formally hear the charges against her.

BERLIN – A 96-year-old former secretary to the SS commander of the Stutthof concentration camp appeared in a court in northern Germany on Tuesday to formally hear the charges against her.

The indictment read in State Court in Itzehoe, near Hamburg, accuses Irmgard Furchner of more than 11,000 counts of aiding and abetting murder.

Furchner had tried to skip the start of her trial last month, but was later arrested by police and detained for several days.

The accused was brought into the courtroom in a wheelchair on Tuesday to hear the indictment, which could not be read in her absence.

Prosecutors accuse Furchner of being part of the apparatus that helped the Stutthof Nazi camp operate during World War II more than 75 years ago.

She is said to have “helped and encouraged those in charge of the camp to systematically kill the people imprisoned there between June 1943 and April 1945 as part of her function as stenographer and typist in the office of the camp commander”.

Tens of thousands of people died in Stutthof and its satellite camps, or on so-called death marches at the end of the war.

Furchner is on trial in juvenile court because she was under 21 at the time of the alleged crimes.

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