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A 93-year-old former SS guard went on trial in Germany today for complicity in the murder of more than 5,000 people at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, in what could be one of the last such cases.
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.
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'As an SS guard at Stutthof concentration camp between August 1944 and April 1945, he is believed to have provided support to the gruesome killing of Jewish prisoners in particular,' prosecutors said in a statement.
Seated in a wheelchair, Dey, who wore a hat, hid his face behind a red ring folder as he entered the courtroom.
Trial - Groups - Importance - Light - Violence
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.
'Why are you doing this trial today? Remember what happened in Halle last week,' said Efraim Zuroff of the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Centre, in reference to the attack that included a synagogue among targets.
Age - Reason - Part - Tragedy - History
'Old age should not be a reason not to judge... He was part of the greatest tragedy in history, it was his will.'
During Dey's time at the camp, the 'Final Solution' order to exterminate Jews was issued by the Nazi leadership, leading to the systematic killing of inmates in gas chambers, while others died of starvation or because they were denied medical care, prosecutors said.
Age - Dey - Court - Hamburg - Stutthof
Despite his advanced age, Dey is being tried by a juvenile court in Hamburg because he was 17 when he first worked at Stutthof.
According to German media, Dey, who now lives in Hamburg, became a baker after the war.
Daughters - Income
Married with two daughters, he supplemented his income by...
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