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Long after move to US, Nazi suspect faces charges

89-year-old Johann Breyer faces possible extradition

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - American officials tried for years to deport a Nazi suspect who has been living a quiet, middle-class life in Philadelphia. But for a variety of reasons, the courts said no.

Now, 89-year-old Johann Breyer faces possible extradition. A German court has charged him with aiding in the killing of 216,000 Jewish men, women and children during World War II.

Breyer was arrested Tuesday outside his home in northeast Philadelphia. He has lived in the U.S. since 1952.

Breyer has admitted he was an SS guard at Auschwitz in occupied Poland. But he says he never killed anyone.

His attorney argued in federal court Wednesday that Breyer is too frail to be detained pending his extradition hearing. However, a judge ruled that Breyer would be held without bail.


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