Nazi camp secretary, 96, flees nursing home and is arrested before trial begins
The Independent|October 01, 2021
A 96-year-old German woman facing charges in a juvenile court of aiding and abetting the murder of thousands of Nazi concentration camp prisoners fled from her nursing home yesterday just as her trial was about to start. She was picked up several hours later after the court issued an arrest warrant.
ERIK KIRSCHBAUM 

Irmgard Furchner, who worked as a secretary at the Stutthof concentration camp when she was 18, was detained by police as she was walking alongside a busy road in the same town as her nursing home – Itzehoe. She was taken to police headquarters for questioning, according to a report in Bild newspaper.

Earlier yesterday just hours before her trail was set to begin, Ms Furchner made a dramatic and unexpected escape. Authorities announced that she had failed to arrive at a local court when scheduled, even though she had left her nursing home in Quickborn, Pinneberg, in a taxi. An arrest warrant was then issued for the elderly woman.

“The accused suspect is on the run,” Friederike Milhoffer, a spokesperson for the court in Quickborn, had told reporters at the court house stunned by the turn of events that delayed the start of the trial. “She took a taxi in the morning and was heading towards the train station.” Officials say that they had been unable to trace her journey after that.

There were more than 50 journalists and spectators waiting for the start of the trial inside the courthouse – including 12 people representing joint plaintiffs. The trial was set for 37 days of testimony and was expected to last until next June.

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