Nazi death camp ‘secretary of evil’, 96, caught after going on run before trial

A 96-year-old German accused of 'aiding mass murder' from her job in WWII has been caught after 'going on the run.

She worked as a secretary at an evil Nazi death camp and became a wanted woman this morning after she failed to turn up for her trial.

The nonagenarian dubbed the 'secretary of evil', was due to stand trial on charges of assisting in the deaths of thousands of people when she worked as a typist during the Second World War.

Witnesses reported seeing Irmgard Furchner fleeing from her retirement home in a taxi and going to a metro station just hours before she was due to appear at Langericht Itzehoe court today, (September 30).

She is accused of being an accessory to the horrific murder of 11,412 people when she worked as an 18-year-old typist at the Stutthof concentration camp between 1943 and 1945.

It's reported that she was found hours later and is currently in custody speaking to officers, writes MailOnline.

Furchner is facing charges in a juvenile court because of her age at the time of the crimes.

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Frederike Milhoffer, spokesperson for the Itzehoe district court, said this morning: "The accused is on the run."

"She left her home early in the morning in a taxi in the direction of a metro station."

Furchner has previously offered her defence in an interview with German TV station NDR, claiming that she had never entered the camp itself, and was unaware of the extent of the crimes taking place at the site.

She worked for SS officer Paul Werner Hoppe, who was sentenced to nine years in prison in 1957 for overseeing the murderous operation at Stutthof, and died in 1974.

Giving evidence at his trial 70 years ago, Furchner acknowledged working as his secretary but said that she had no knowledge of the gas chambers.

She also said that she knew of executions taking place there, but had thought that they were for specific crimes, and only found out about their genocidal purpose after the war.

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The spokesperson said a warrant had been issued for her arrest after Judge Dr Gross was forced to suspend her trial shortly after 10am for the manhunt when she failed to appear.

It's said the 'secretary of evil' has been caught after being found around 1.50pm, more than three hours after her case was suspended.

Police tracked her to a street in northern Hamburg, five miles from where she was seen and it's believed she caught a train before setting out on foot.

It's estimated that 65,000 people died at Stutthof concentration camp, near Gdansk, Poland, between 1939 and 1945. Itzehoe is located in the far north of Germany, about 62 miles from the border with Denmark

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