Wiesenthal Center: If Stutthof Secretary is Healthy Enough to Flee She is Fit to be Imprisoned

September 30, 2021

Jerusalem-The Simon Wiesenthal Center has called for the incarceration of Stutthof concentration camp secretary Irmgard Furchner, who fled her home in Quickborn, Germany rather than face charges of assisting in the murder of 11,000 inmates while serving as the secretary of camp commandant Paul-Werner Hoppe from June 1943 until April 1945.

The Center's chief Nazi-hunter Holocaust historian Dr. Efraim Zuroff has issued the following statement in response to Furchner's disappearance:

"Several weeks ago Irmgard Furchner appealed to the court to cancel her trial due to medical reasons, but in light of her disappearance this morning, it appears that her motive was to elude justice. Under those circumstances, she should be punished accordingly."

For additional information please contact the Israel Office of the Wiesenthal Center: Tel: 972-2-563-1274 or Tel: 972-50-721-4156, follow the Center on Facebook, or @simonwiesenthal and @EZuroff for news updates sent directly to your Twitter feed.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

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