Historical Belfast

Bruno Spiro: The German Jew Who Armed The UVF

August 21, 2022 Jason Burke Episode 28
Historical Belfast
Bruno Spiro: The German Jew Who Armed The UVF
Show Notes

The story of the UVF’s dramatic 1914 gunrunning operation at the height of the third home rule crisis is one that has often been told. What is less well-known about the UVF’s gunrunning story, however, is the fate of the man who provided the weapons. Bruno Spiro, a German Jew, was arrested in Hamburg in 1936 by the Gestapo and charged with what were described as “serious allegations”. He was taken to the notorious Fuhlsbüttel Concentration Camp in Hamburg where he allegedly took his own life...

Thanks to Elise Bath from the Wiener Holocaust Library for providing some much-needed context to this story.

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