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Former SS guard accused of murders, Bruno Dey’s Wiki, Age, State, Career, Family Accusation and Much More

Bruno Dey BIOGRAPHY

Bruno Dey was an SS guard at Stutthof concentration camp between August 1944 and April 1945. He lives in Hamburg, Germany.

Bruno Dey AGE

Bruno Dey is 93 years old.

Bruno Dey CAREER

When Bruno Dey was 17, he joined the SS-Totenkopfsturmbann (Death’s Head Battalion), which manned the watchtowers at the concentration camp east of what is now the city of Gdańsk, in Poland. According to German media, he became a baker after the war.

Bruno Dey
Bruno Dey

Bruno Dey FAMILY

Bruno Dey is a married man with two daughters, he earns his income by also working as a truck driver, before later taking on a job of building construction.

News KEY POINTS

  • Bruno Dey worked at the Stutthof camp near what was then Danzig, now Gdansk
  • He worked there at the time of the ‘Final Solution’ ordered to execute Jews
  • Dey was 17 when he started at Stutthof and denies killing anyone
  • Prosecutors say he provided support to the gruesome killing of Jewish prisoners’

Bruno Dey stands accused of being a ‘cog’ in the Nazi’s ‘murderous machinery’, abetting the death of 5,230 people when he worked at the Stutthof camp near what was then Danzig, now Gdansk in Poland.

Prosecutors said that as an SS guard at Stutthof concentration camp between August 1944 and April 1945, he is deemed to have supplied support to the gruesome killing of Jewish prisoners in particular.

Bruno Dey LAWYER(Stefan Waterkamp)

Bruno Dey says he is sorry for his role at a Nazi death camp as he appears in a German youth court to face charges of killing more than 5,000 killings as a teen guard.

Despite denying to join the deadly operation, he voiced regrets for his actions.

Stefan Waterkamp, who is Dey’s lawyer asserts: “That’s what he said in his interview: He felt sorry for what he did”.

“It was also clear to him that (the inmates) were not in there because they were criminals, but for anti-Semitic, racist and other reasons. He had compassion for them. But he did not see himself in a position to free them”.

Waterkant said his client was ‘ready to answer to all questions’, underlining that Dey did not join the SS voluntarily.

Bruno Dey on trial in Hamburg

Due to Dey’s age, trial sessions are being limited to two hours a day, and are scheduled to be held only twice a week.

Although the trial comes late, Jewish groups underlined its importance in light of contemporary far-right anti-Semitic violence like last week’s deadly shooting in the eastern city of Halle.

Efraim Zuroff of the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Centre said:

“Old age should not be a reason not to judge… He was part of the greatest tragedy in history, it was his will”.

Despite his advanced age, Dey is being tried by a juvenile court in Hamburg.

Bruno Dey ACCUSATION

The law finally caught up with him as a result of the legal precedent set when former guard John Demjanjuk was convicted in 2011 on the basis that he served as part of the Nazi killing machine at the Sobibor camp in occupied Poland.

Since then, Germany has been racing to put on trial surviving SS personnel on those grounds rather than for murders or atrocities directly linked to the individual accused.

“In the same vein, Dey is accused of having contributed as a cog in the complicity so that the order to kill could be carried out”, prosecutors said.

Dey reportedly did not deny working at the camp during pre-trial questioning.

Bruno Dey DENIAL

Citing prosecution documents, the newspaper said Dey argued that he killed no one and questioned what a 17-year-old camp guard could do against Adolf Hitler’s reign.

The Nazis set up the Stutthof camp in 1939, initially using it for the detention of Polish political prisoners.

“The accused was no ardent worshipper of Nazi ideology”, prosecutors say in the indictment, reviewed by The Associated Press. “But there is also no doubt that he never actively challenged the persecutions of the Nazi regime”.

Bruno Dey
Bruno Dey

Dey revealed he knew of the camp’s gas chambers where he saw SS prisoners being entered inside.

He admitted seeing feeble figures, people who had suffered, but insisted he was not guilty, according to the daily Die Welt.

“What good would it have done? They would have just found someone else,’ he replied when asked why he did not put in a transfer to fight at the front, according to the newspaper.

Asked if he knew who was being killed, Dey told prosecutors his SS comrades talked of the ‘assassination of the Jews’.

“I did not know why they were there”, Dey told prosecutors. “I knew well that they were Jews who had committed no crime, that they were only there because they were Jews”.

“And they have the same right to live and to work like any other person. But it was just that Hitler or his party were against that, who had something against the Jews.”

Dey faces a possible six months to 10 years in prison if convicted. In Germany, there are no consecutive sentences.

Bruno Dey Companions at Nazi Camp

Since the landmark Demjanjuk ruling, German courts have convicted Oskar Groening, an accountant at Auschwitz, and Reinhold Hanning, a former SS guard at the same camp, for complicity in mass murder.

Both men were found guilty at age 94 but died before they could be imprisoned.

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