His Nazi captor was a teen like him - but he doesn’t want revenge

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His Nazi captor was a teen like him - but he doesn’t want revenge

Stutthof camp survivor reflects on the sentencing of an ex-SS guard, 93, and the worrying rise of anti-Semitism

Luke Mintz

As a 14-year-old Jewish prisoner inside the Stutthof concentration camp, Manfred Goldberg used to meet his mother every day at the barbed-wire fence that separated the men’s living quarters from the women’s, to check she was still alive.

They could not speak or even get too close, in case they were shot by the armed guards in the nearby tower. Goldberg’s mind returned to this image last week, when he heard news that one of those watchtower guards, SS recruit Bruno Dey, had finally been convicted for his role in the Nazi atrocities.

The two teenagers arrived at the camp in 1944 within just weeks of each other; at 17, Dey was only three years older than Goldberg...

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