Nov 17, 2019

Former Nazi guard faces 5,230 counts of accessory to murder

Bruno Dey, who covered his face with a folder during a session of his trial in Hamburg, Nov. 15. Photo: Axel Heimken/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Bruno Dey, a former Nazi guard at the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland during World War II, faces 5,230 counts of accessory to murder as he begins a 23-day trial in Hamburg, the Independent reports.

Why it matters: The case is likely "one of the last of its kind" because others involved in perpetrating or abetting the Holocaust are now in their 90s, per the Independent.

Where it stands: Dey said in a statement that he had no knowledge of the mass murders of Jews and non-Jewish Poles in Stutthof, where he was stationed in mid-1944 after he joined the SS as a teenager.

  • But he has admitted to seeing prisoners led into gas chambers, hearing their screams and noting the rattling of the steel door of the chamber.

Context: In total, more than 60,000 people were killed at Stutthof by shooting, starvation, lethal chemical injections, cold exposure and gas chambers.

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The big picture: The order is meant to address anti-Jewish bias in universities. It also expands acts of anti-Semitism to include anti-Israel statements. Both measures have been spearheaded by Kenneth Marcus, head of the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, the New York Times notes.

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Commander of the Wisconsin National Guard Maj. Gen. Donald Dunbar agreed to resign Monday in light of a new federal sexual assault review that showed significant missteps by the state's Guard, AP reports.

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Global gun violence targets worshippers of all faiths

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Hundreds of clergy and worshippers of various faiths were killed at temples, synagogues, churches and mosques around the world this year, AP reports.

The big picture: The Christchurch mosque attacker killed 51 people and the event led to international calls to action against online extremism and terrorism fueled by white supremacist ideology. But other attacks gained sparse international attention, like a deadly Dec. 1 shooting at a Protestant church in the West African country Burkina Faso.

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