A former Nazi concentration camp guard was given a prison sentence of two years by a court on Thursday. Bruno D., an 93 years old man, was an SS guard at the Stutthof concentration camp.
The court found him guilty of aiding and abetting in the murder of more than 5000 innocent civilians. He faced a juvenile court in Hamburg as he was 17 years old only at his time in Stutthof. He agreed to have served as a guard but said that he had no other choice. More than forty plaintiffs testified against him from many countries. 75 years since the end of World War II, Bruno D.’s trial will be one of the last of a former Nazi.
Bruno D. was accused back in the April of 2019, according to which he supported the “insidious and cruel killing” that kept occurring at the concentration camp in Stutthof.
In the camp, prisoners were shot at the back of their necks. They were also poisoned with Zyklon B gas. The case also suggests that the prisoners were often denied food and medicine.
The verdict has been seen as “symbolic justice” for the victims of the camp.
”On behalf of my grandmother and our family this verdict sends a powerful message that a guard in any camp cannot deny responsibility for what happened,” said Ben Cohen, whose grandma was in the camp along with her mother and sister.