İrem UZUN -TDO- A 93-year-old man on trial in Germany for crimes of complicity in mass murder at a Nazi death camp during World War Two has voiced regret for his actions. 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 admitted serving there and having knowledge of atrocities being carried out at the camp. However, the former SS guard said he was not complicit in any murders.
Prisoners in Stutthof were killed by being shot in the back of the neck, poisoned with Zyklon B gas, and denied food and medicine, court documents allege. The defendant could be considered complicit in the crimes because he prevented the escape, revolt and rescue of the prisoners, a spokesperson for Hamburg's district court told CNN. Despite his advanced age, the defendant is being tried in a youth court because he was 17 years old when he joined the SS as a guard at the camp, according to a press release from Hamburg's district court. In court on Thursday, Mr.Dey - seated in a wheelchair and wearing a hat and sunglasses - shielded his face behind a red folder.Mr. Dey will only stand trial for two hours a day because of his health, according to court documents.
His lawyer told AFP news agency that "he felt sorry for what he did". He also said it was clear to Mr. Dey that inmates at the camp were there not because they were criminals but for "anti-Semitic, racist and other reasons". "He had compassion for them," he said. "But he did not see himself in a position to free them". He added that Mr.Dey "did not join the SS voluntarily" and that "he did not seek to serve at the concentration camp".