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.
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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.