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89-year-old ex-Nazi arrested for past war crimes
Updated: 2014-06-20 22:47:28 KST


Nearly 70 years have passed since the second World War ended.
Eighty-nine-year-old Johann Breyer was 17 when he joined the Nazi military as a guard, and for the past six decades has been living in the United States.
But this week, Breyer was arrested in Philadelphia upon Germany's request on charges of having aided in the killing of 216-thousand German, Hungarian and Czechoslovakian Jews in Auschwitz.


"His guarding along with all the other guards, who were in that circumstance in the death head batallion that he belonged to, made it possible for those killings."

There's a good chance that Breyer will now be turned over to Germany as the U.S. has an extradition treaty with the country.
Ten years ago, a U.S. court ruled that Breyer was not responsible for his acts during World War Two because he was so young when he joined the Nazis.
Breyer, who has been living in the States since the 1950s, has claimed he was forced to carry out the heinous acts.
Despite that, Germany never stopped looked for evidence, and recently found out that Breyer had received several awards for his active participation in the genocide of Jews.
Germany's persistance in punishing those responsible for past wrongdoings continues to gain attention here in Korea, as it stands in stark contrast to Japan's attitude towards its past atrocities.
Japanese authorities have done little to nothing to compensate or apologize to the women that were forced into sexual slavery by Japanese troops in the early 20th century.
Kwon Soa, Arirang News.

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