Former 101-year-old Nazi guard is sentenced to prison 0:54
A 97-year-old former Nazi concentration camp secretary has been convicted for her role in the murder of 10,505 people during the Holocaust, in what may be the last trial of its kind.
101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard sentenced to 5 years in prison
Irmgard Furchner worked as a stenographer and typist in the Stutthof camp, near Gdansk, in Nazi-occupied Poland, from 1943 until the end of the Nazi regime in 1945.
Irmgard Furchner during the start of her trial, which began last year.
She was sentenced on Tuesday to a two-year suspended sentence, according to a spokesman at the Itzehoe court in northern Germany.
Because Furchner was a teenager at the time of the crimes, the 97-year-old woman's trial was held in juvenile court and her sentence will carry her to juvenile probation, the court confirmed to CNN.
Furchner went on the run weeks before her trial began, but authorities found her after several hours.
Proceedings finally began late last year.
Tens of thousands of people were detained in brutal conditions at the Stutthof camp, and more than 60,000 died there, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Stutthof was home mainly to non-Jewish Poles, as well as large numbers of Jews from the Polish cities of Warsaw and Bialystok and from the Nazi-occupied Baltic states, according to the museum.
Germany has been quick to bring the perpetrators of Nazi war crimes to justice in recent years, before it is too late.
But experts say only a small proportion of those involved have ever faced a court of law.