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Irmgard Furchner was found guilty last week of being an accomplice to the murder of more than 10,000 people

A 97-year-old German woman who worked as a secretary in a Nazi concentration camp has appealed her recent conviction. Irmgard Furchner, who was a teenager when she worked at the Stutthof camp, was given a two-year suspended prison sentence for helping to kill thousands of prisoners.

The appeal to Germany’s Federal Court of Justice was filed by Furchner’s attorney and supported by another attorney, according to a statement from the Itzehoe State Court on Wednesday.

Furchner was convicted last week of being an accomplice to the murder of 10,505 people and the attempted murder of five others while working as a civilian typist at Stutthof concentration camp from 1943 to 1945, while she was 18-19 years old.

She was tried in juvenile court because of her age at the time of the events and received a two-year suspended prison sentence.

Furchner’s lawyers argued that his knowledge of the murders that took place in Stutthof – which was located in occupied Polish territory near the city of Gdansk – could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. However, Presiding Judge Dominik Gross said he was “simply beyond imagination” that Furchner could have ignored what was happening in the camp.

Although Furchner was not directly involved in any of the murders, German legal precedent allows anyone who worked in a Nazi concentration camp to be prosecuted as an accomplice to the murders that took place there.

The Stutthof camp operated from September 1939 to May 1945, with around 65,000 inmates dying of malnutrition, untreated illnesses, unbearable working conditions, abuse and executions during this time.

Although he is nearly a century old, Furcher is not the oldest person to be convicted of participating in the Holocaust. A 101-year-old former SS guard is believed to have become the oldest Nazi criminal ever convicted when he was sentenced to five years in prison in June for aiding in more than 3,500 murders at Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

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