Transcript for 89 Year Old Johann Breyer May Be Prosecuted as a Nazi War Criminal
Turned out of that startling headline tonight out of Philadelphia authorities say they moved in at night and arrested a Nazi guard living in plain sight. They say he worked as some of the most notorious concentration camps names you'll know tonight. Here's ABC's Ron Claiborn. This is the face of Joseph -- -- the 89 year old man federal prosecutors today called. One of the last surviving Nazi war criminals in the US. He is charged with having been an armed guard at the house -- -- American -- -- -- -- Since 1952 Breyer has been living quietly in Philadelphia working as a tool maker until -- retirement he has a wife children grandchildren. Today prosecutors moved to extradite him to Germany Greece faces a 158 counts of aiding and abetting the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of Jews and others. Working as a prison guard at how Schwartz -- lawyer argued that he suffers from dementia in court the judge asked if he knew why he was there. Do you understand that it -- Republic of Germany as -- -- for your arrest. Relating to your role as a death camp guard -- -- do you understand that. Okay -- admits he was an essayist Garnett out -- but says he was a guard at the labor camp not the death camp telling the AT and 2012. I didn't kill anybody I didn't rape anybody I didn't even have a traffic ticket here I didn't do anything wrong. The Justice Department first one after Byron 1992 trying to deport him. This time US prosecutors believe that they will succeed in extraditing him. They say German investigators now have new evidence David proving what he -- -- ABC's Ron Claiborne thank you.
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