A German court on Thursday convicted Bruno Dey, a 93year-old former SS private of being an accessory to murder at the Stutthof concentration camp. He served as a guard in the ﬁnal months of World War II.
Now, he was given a two-year suspended sentence, being convicted of 5,232 counts of accessory to murder. He also was convicted of one count of accessory to attempted murder. Because he was only 17, and later 18, at the time of his alleged crimes, Dey’s case was heard in juvenile court and prosecutors had called for a three-year sentence. The wheelchair-bound German retiree apologized for his role in the Nazis’ machinery of destruction, saying “it must never be repeated.” Last week, another ex-guard at Stutthof was charged at age 95. A prosecutors’ ofﬁce that investigates Nazi-era crimes has more than a dozen ongoing investigations.
Prosecutors successfully argued that guarding a camp whose only purpose was murder was enough for an accessory conviction. From mid-1944, when Dey was posted at the concentration camp, tens of thousands of Jews from ghettos in the Baltics and from Auschwitz ﬁlled the camp along with thousands of Polish civilians. More than 60,000 people were killed there by being given lethal injections of gasoline or phenol directly to their hearts.