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Holocaust Survivor Confronts Nazi 'Secretary Of Evil' Accused Of More Than 11,000 Murders

Rebecca Shepherd

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Holocaust Survivor Confronts Nazi 'Secretary Of Evil' Accused Of More Than 11,000 Murders

A Holocaust survivor has confronted a former Nazi concentration camp worker who is currently on trial in Germany for her work during World War Two.

Irmgard Furchner, a concentration camp typist who has been dubbed 'secretary of evil', sat in court while the first survivor testified.

Witness Josef Salomonovic gave evidence in court while Furchner, 96, stared over towards him.

The trial is taking place in a courtroom in Itzehoe, Germany. Credit: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo
The trial is taking place in a courtroom in Itzehoe, Germany. Credit: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo

According to The Telegraph, 83-year-old Mr Salomonovic recalled being six when his dad kissed him goodbye before being killed by a lethal injection to his heart.

The Jewish survivor, whose family was from Czechosloavkia, told the court: "Maybe she has trouble sleeping at night. I know I do."

Furchner is accused of being an accessory to the murder of 11,412 people at a concentration camp situated in Nazi-occupied Poland, something she denies.

She worked in an office outside the main Stutthof camp and says that she didn't know what was going on inside - something Mr Salomonovic dismisses.

Credit: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo

He told reporters following the hearing that if she didn't have any involvement she was still indirectly guilty, even if all she did was stamp his father's death certificate.

During the hearing, Mr Salomonovic held a picture of his dad in the air and said: "It is not easy to go over all this again. It's a moral duty. It's not pleasant."

The survivor described how he went through eight camps, including Auschwitz, and explained: "I was classified as a parasite. Everyone who couldn't work was a parasite.

"I got into the cattle wagon and of course, I didn't know we were going to Auschwitz, or that this was the last time I would see my father. He kissed me."

Credit: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo

He spoke about how he believed he would die when a Schutzstaffel officer - otherwise known as an SS officer - reached for his gun and said: "This filth has to go."

He went on to reveal that there was a bomb in the city, and he believes that's 'why I'm still alive'.

Remembering the ordeal, Mr Salomonovic said he would sit between his mum's legs to keep warm, explaining: "The worst was the hunger and the cold."

The trial continues.

Featured Image Credit: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: News, World War 2

Rebecca Shepherd
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