Germany: Trial of former SS guard 'not about revenge' but 'telling the story' — Lawyer of Holocaust survivors

Hamburg's Regional Court held the 38th hearing of the trial of 93-year-old Bruno D. on Thursday, a former SS guard in Stutthof concentration camp near Gdansk. The defendant was filmed leaving the courtroom after the session in a wheelchair and covering his face with a folder. Onur Oezata, an attorney representing three Holocaust survivors, made clear that «for my clients it is not about revenge, this is really important. For them it is not about having a 93 year old suffer unduly, maybe having to go to prison, but for them it is really about declaring a liability, telling the story, that they had to endure.'' The then 17 to 18-year-old Bruno D. worked as a SS guard at the Stutthof concentration camp, where the Nazis murdered a total of 65,000 prisoners, most of them Jews and political opponents of the Nazi regime. Attorney General Lars Mahnke has accused Bruno D. of contributing to the mass murder of 5230 cases. The case has been in court since October 2019 before the juvenile penal chamber because the suspect was between 17 and 18 years old at the time of the crimes. Due to the current old age of Bruno D., every session is limited to two hours.

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