For­mer SS guard, 93, stands trial in Ger­many

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For­mer SS pri­vate Bruno Dey, 93, was a watch­tower guard at Nazi Ger­many’s Stut­thof con­cen­tra­tion camp to­wards the end of the Sec­ond World War. Ev­ery day, he told in­ves­ti­ga­tors, he could hear the screams of Jews dy­ing in the gas cham­ber. On Thurs­day, Mr Dey went on trial in Ham­burg state court on 5,230 counts of ac­ces­sory to mur­der. Pros­e­cu­tors ar­gue that by stand­ing guard at the camp from Au­gust 1944 to April 1945, he was “a small wheel in the ma­chin­ery of mur­der.” Mr Dey, a baker by train­ing, told pros­e­cu­tors he was deemed un­fit for the front at age 17 in 1944 be­cause of a heart prob­lem, so was sent to be a guard to Stut­thof. He told the court that with or with­out him the killing would have taken place. Mr Dey’s lawyer, Ste­fan Waterkamp, said: “Many peo­ple were killed in many ways at Stut­thof. Some were di­rectly killed, some were killed by star­va­tion, some were killed by ty­phus – the ques­tion is who is im­me­di­ately re­spon­si­ble?”

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