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Posted on 07/25/2014 5:31:33 PM PDT by nickcarraway
An 89-year-old American and alleged Nazi war criminal died just hours before a US court approved his extradition to Germany, his lawyer said late on Wednesday.
Johann Breyer, a retired machinist born in Czechoslovakia, admitted joining the Waffen SS at the age of 17 but denied being a guard at Auschwitz, the concentration camp in German-occupied Poland.
"I can confirm he passed away last night," said his lawyer Dennis Boyle.
Breyer died after being transferred from prison to hospital when the court ordered his release on Monday due to his declining health, which had deteriorated while in custody, Boyle said.
News of his death emerged as the court on Wednesday ordered that he be extradited to Germany to stand trial.
Breyer was arrested in Philadelphia in June on a warrant from the German government.
He was accused of being an accessory in the killings of hundreds of thousands of Jews in 1944 as an Auschwitz guard.
Breyer insisted he was only in a field artillery unit of the Waffen SS and deserted weeks later after serving in the vicinity of Auschwitz, but not as a prison guard.
He also spent time in a Russian prisoner-of-war camp at the end of World War II.
Magistrate Timothy Rice denied Breyer bail when he first appeared in court in June due to the severity of the charges.
Boyle said last month that his client was in poor health, suffering from dementia and heart problems, and had already had a couple of strokes.
Born to a US mother, Breyer emigrated to the United States after World War II and is married with children and grandchildren.
The US government tried to revoke his citizenship over the allegations in the 1990s, but took no action after it was determined at trial he did not serve voluntarily, Boyle said.
For more than 60 years German courts only prosecuted Nazi war criminals if evidence showed they personally committed atrocities.
But in 2011 a Munich court sentenced another US immigrant to five years in prison for more than 27,000 counts of accessory to murder, establishing that all former camp guards can be tried.
Auschwitz is an enduring symbol of Nazi Germany's genocide of six million European Jews, of whom one million were killed there from 1940 to 1945.
And will be judging the abortionist and their assistants.
Well, he sure showed them.
It’s in God’s hands now.
Entreaty in an oven, how apropos.
Missed his chance to join in the anti-Jewish demonstrations in progress back in the homeland.
you condemn this man, yet George Soros walks a free man every day, demonstrably more guilty of war crimes than can be proven against this man.
God knows exactly what Mr. Breyer did in his life, and God knows whether Mr. Breyer repented of his sins.
Prayers for his soul.
Some men, probably even some SS men, refused to have a part in the death camps. They got a bullet sometime in the 1930s. No fanfare, probably not even their families knew what happened. Their bones have long since turned to dust. The reason we are hearing about Mr. Breyer now is because he wasn't one of those men.
I wasn’t condemning the man. I was condemning the fact that Nazi Germany is on the rise again, right now in 2014, and right there in the streets of Germany. This time led by Muslims and leftists.