A 95 year old German woman has been charged with 10,000 murders during World War 2.
German prosecutors have filed charges against a 95-year-old woman they say was complicit in the murder of more than 10,000 people at the Stutthof concentration camp during World War II.
The woman worked as a typist and secretary. Despite her age, the case is being handled by a juvenile court because she was under 21 when she worked at the camp.
The public prosecutor’s office in Itzehoe, a small town northwest of Hamburg, did not identify the woman when it announced charges against her.
In a statement sent to NPR, Senior Public Prosecutor Peter Müller-Rakow said the woman helped those in charge of the camp carry out “the systematic killing of Jewish prisoners,” along with Polish partisans and Russian prisoners of war.
The Stutthof concentration camp was established in 1939, east of Gdansk along Poland’s Baltic coast. The secretary worked there from June 1943 to April 1945, as a close aide to the commandant.
By that time, the facility had been expanded and was using Zyklon B gas chambers to exterminate prisoners, according to the Death Camp Memorial Site.
The new case is the first in years to target a woman who worked at a concentration camp, according to Agence France-Presse.