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World Former death camp guard to go on trial in Germany

03:30  17 october  2019
03:30  17 october  2019 Source:   bbc.com

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Man accused as accessory to murder of 5,230 people in what could be one of last such cases.

A 92-year-old man will go on trial in Germany in October for crimes of complicity in mass murder at a Nazi death camp during World War Two. Mr Dey admitted knowledge of atrocities being carried out at the camp , the Die Welt newspaper reports. But the former guard said he could not escape for fear

A 93-year-old man will go on trial in Germany on Thursday for crimes of complicity in mass murder at a Nazi death camp during World War Two.

a building with a metal fence: Stutthof has been preserved as a museum© AFP Stutthof has been preserved as a museum

Bruno Dey is accused of contributing to the killings of 5,230 prisoners between 1944 and 1945 in the Stutthof camp in what is now northern Poland.

Mr Dey has admitted serving there and having knowledge of atrocities being carried out at the camp.

But the former guard said he was not complicit in any murders.

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A 93-year-old man will go on trial in Germany on Thursday for crimes of complicity in mass murder at a Nazi death camp during World War Two. Mr Dey has admitted serving there and having knowledge of atrocities being carried out at the camp . But the former guard said he was not complicit in any

A 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard is on trial in Germany for 170,000 counts of accessory to murder. David greene, host: A 94-year-old man who served as a guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp more than seven decades ago goes on trial today in Germany .

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The trial is likely to be one of the last against a former Nazi guard.

The hearings will be restricted to two-hour sessions of no more than twice a week, because of Mr Dey's ill health.

Why now?

The prosecution alleges that Mr Dey - who was about 17 when posted to Stutthof - was one of the "cogs of the murder machine".

German newspaper Der Spiegel reports that he is accused specifically of killing 5,000 people by creating and maintaining hostile conditions, 200 by gassing and 30 using a Genickschussanlage - a device for surprise executions with victims shot in the back of the neck.

The court will decide whether he "knowingly supported" the killing of Jewish prisoners in particular, as the prosecution alleges.

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As he was not yet 21, Mr Dey will be tried in a juvenile court.

Prosecutors only opened the case against Mr Dey in 2016, after investigators found SS clothing with his name and signature in the Stutthof archives.

His trial comes after a landmark case that overturned a 1969 ruling that being a staff member at Auschwitz was not enough to secure a conviction.

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But Mr Dey's advanced age could affect proceedings. Johann Rehbogen - also accused of complicity in mass murder at Stutthof - had his trial suspended in December 2018 after the 95-year-old was hospitalised. It is unlikely proceedings will be restarted.

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Another former Stutthof guard , Johann Rehbogen, went on trial in November in Muenster at age 94 but the proceedings collapsed within weeks after the defendant was hospitalized for heart and kidney issues. Following that, a Frankfurt court refused to put a former Majdanek death camp guard on trial

Johann Rehbogen, a former enlisted SS soldier who is now accused of being an accessory to murder, has gone on trial . He was a guard at the Stutthof concentration camp , east of Pauly was hanged by the British for other war crimes in Germany on October 8, 1946 and was not tried for crimes at Stutthof.

What was Stutthoff?

Stutthof was set up in September 1939 east of Danzig - now the Polish city of Gdansk - as an internment camp in the wake of the Nazi invasion of Poland. It was officially designated a concentration camp in 1942.

It was the first such camp built outside of German borders in the war and the last to be liberated. Stutthof was liberated by the Soviet Army on 9 May 1945.

More than 65,000 people are thought to have died in the camp. Guards began using gas chambers in June 1944, while a number of forced labour factories were set up in the area to help make equipment for the Nazi war machine.

There is evidence that Dr Rudolf Spanner used fat collected from human corpses at Stutthof to make soap.

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