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89-yr-old Philadelphia man arrested over Nazi war crimes

June 21st, 2014

German authorities are charging him with aiding and abetting the deaths of 216,000 Jews, a figure arrived at by estimating the survival rate of prisoners packed into 158 trains that arrived at Auschwitz between May and October 1944, according to documents.

The judge ordered him held without bail. Mr Breyer, wearing a baggy green jumpsuit and leaning on a cane, was asked if he understood what was happening. “Not really,” he replied to the judge.

Mr Breyer immigrated to the United States in 1952. He was the subject of deportation proceedings in the 1990s when his attorneys argued that he was a natural US citizen because his mother was born in Philadelphia.

Newly discovered evidence has strengthened the case against Mr Breyer, the New York Times reported. War-era records show he was at Auschwitz earlier than he has acknowledged and that he also served as a guard in a notorious sub-camp, known as Birkenau, used exclusively to kill prisoners, the newspaper said.

Mr Breyer served as an armed guard at Buchenwald before transferring in 1944 to Auschwitz where, according to court documents, he has said he served as a perimeter guard.

In the courtroom wrangling over Mr Breyer’s health, his grandson Greg Breyer testified that he had suffered strokes and had a heart condition. Assistant US Attorney Andrea Foulkes countered that Mr Breyer had renewed his driver’s license two years ago and that he did not rely on home health aides.

Edited by Steve Wilson

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