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A former secretary of a Nazi concentration camp appeared in court on Tuesday to face thousands of war crimes charges.

The 96-year-old defendant, Irmgard Furchner, is charged with more than 11,000 counts of aiding and abetting murder.

Furchner fled before her trial began last month, but was later arrested by police and detained for several days.

She is accused of crimes committed under the SS commander of the Stutthof concentration camp in Nazi Germany during World War II.

Prosecutors alleged that Furchner “aided and encouraged camp officials to systematically kill those imprisoned there.”

The accused allegedly served as a stenographer and typist in the camp commander’s office between June 1943 and April 1945.

Prosecutors say 65,000 prisoners perished during World War II in the camp, which is now located near the Polish city of Gdansk.

Furchner was brought to the Itzehoe courtroom near Hamburg in a wheelchair to officially hear the indictment on Tuesday.

The accused has not responded to the allegations against her and the trial is scheduled to continue on October 26.

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

The trial is the latest in a string of cases as Germany continues to search for surviving former Nazi criminals.


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