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Auschwitz guard to maybe stand trial – 68 years on

Auschwitz Guard, Johann 'Hans' Breyer

Johann ‘Hans’ Breyer is an 87 year old American citizen, living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is accused of, and freely admits to once being a guard at Auschwitz.

What makes this case very complicated, however, is the fact that Breyer denies ever being a guard at the Auschwitz 2, Birkenau camp, where the majority of the estimated 1.5 million victims were murdered.

The legal saga surrounding Breyer was thought to have ended in 2003 when it was ruled that he could remain in the USA, but documents obtained recently have shed further light on his past and appear to prove that he has lied about his time serving at Auschwitz.

It now seems that Breyer was serving in the 8th Company of the SS Totenkopf or ‘Death’s Head’ during the time that they were assigned to guard Birkenau, it also seems that he made false claims that he discharged early from the SS to help run his family farm.

These newly discovered documents have led German authorities, investigating Nazi-era crimes, to review whether there is enough evidence to charge Breyer with accessory to the murder of at least 344,000 Jews, and have in extradited from the U.S.

December 30, 2012 - Posted by | Auschwitz | , , ,

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