Philadelphia Man Arrested for Alleged Nazi War Crimes

Johann Breyer is accused of being a guard at Auschwitz.

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On Tuesday afternoon, federal authorities arrested Johann Breyer at his home in Northeast Philadelphia. Breyer, 89, has long been under investigation for his role as a Nazi SS guard at two concentration camps, including Auschwitz.

Breyer has been charged by Germany with “complicity in the commission of murder of 158 trainloads of European Jewish deportees,” and it is likely that he will be extradited to Germany for trial. He allegedly joined the SS when he was 17.




The case dates back to at least 1992, when the U.S. government tried to deport him, but Breyer was able to remain in the country after a legal battle over his citizenship, because his mother was born in the United States.

From the complaint released by the U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia on Wednesday:

There is probable cause to find that Breyer, as a Waffen-SS Death's Head Guard Battalion armed guard … was complicit in, aided and abetted, and agreed to use his work efforts for the quick and smooth implementation of the systematic murder of hundreds of thousands of European Jews, transported between May 1944 and October 1944 in 158 trainloads to Auschwitz…

Below, the full complaint.

Johann Breyer - Complaint Filed Against Alleged Nazi Living In Philadelphia

[PHOTO: Child survivors at Auschwitz, public domain]

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  • BobbyClobber

    1943??? Are you Kidding???!!! We have present day War Criminals, like Henry Kissinger, George W Bush, Richard Cheney, & a hundreds more who are guilty of the murders of millions, in over 30 countries of more, since WW2.

    • Al

      shut up

      • Rhaegar Targaryen

        ^ Jew trash spotted.

        • Tahlya Chazak

          You really, truly are a lowlife scumbag.

          • Rhaegar Targaryen

            Go have sex with your monkey boyfriend you mud shark

      • BobbyClobber

        14 ups Al, …truth must hurt!

    • Finkster

      Yep, Clinton in the Balkans, Carter in Iran, Clinton in Rawanda, Gore in Seattle WA., Clinton in Mena AR., Biden in Delaware, Obama in the VA. Yep, yep Johnson in Vietnam, They are all in the same Swift Boat with Kerry.

      • Tahlya Chazak

        I like how you only mention Democrats. Not biased at all. Nope.

        • BobbyClobber

          I think he mentioned Americans, Yep?

    • Tahlya Chazak

      Kissinger is a present day war criminal, how? Yes, these people you mention are war criminals, but them being war criminals does not AT ALL make people of the past who committed equal or worse (in this case worse) war crimes exempt from their actions because their actions are 70 years old. This “man,” this thing, is some of the lowest scum of the earth and deserves the worst punishment he can possibly get.

      • BobbyClobber

        You obviously don’t know what Kissinger & Nixon did. I’ll just mention one Crime. The First 9/11, the Invasion of Chile on Sept. 11th, 1973, orchestrated by Nixon & Kissinger. They murdered the Democratically Elected Leader of Chile, Salvador Allende & thousands of others, including Americans. They then installed one of the Worst Dictators the World has ever known, Augusto Pinochet, & supported him & his murders for about 30 years. So don’t talk to me about “Dictators”, the USA has created & supported the World’s Worst, & continues to do so!

        • Tahlya Chazak

          That isn’t present day. That was my point. I never said they shouldn’t be tried as war criminals. They most certainly should. But that’s not present day, like you said. And since that’s in the past, as well, as this scum from WWII, I’m not sure how one os more worthy of severe punishment than the other? Get them all! No need to pick and choose. A criminal is a criminal, especially criminals of this caliber. They are disgusting.

    • ChaCha

      You’re an idiot

  • mk1014

    Good send is ass back! All war crimes should be treated with the same importance no matter if it’s from 1943 or 2014. Just because it’s old doesn’t not mean that it should be treated any different. He had a part in killing a group of people. And there are still people who lived through this who deserve justice!!!!!!

    • Rhaegar Targaryen

      Holocaust is the biggest fraud in modern history, what kind historical event needs laws that send people to jail for questioning it?

      • C.L.

        Tell that to my elderly Russian friend in Philadelphia who bears a black tattoo of numbers from a concentration camp, was shot with a bullet, and lost her parents and siblings to the Nazis. Or to my mother-in-law who was a child in Italy (Colli a Volturno, Isernia, between Naples and Rome) when the Nazis took over their small family farm and the entire town, torturing some of the neighbors and gouging out eyes/raping in the community, before U.S. soldiers fought the Nazis off. These are from the far corners of Europe. A simple web search reveals the awful history of what happened to all the gold fillings extracted from victims and corpses. Why would anyone invent such a crime against humanity?

        The systemic mass murders of millions of human beings: men, women, children, babies, old, young, Jewish,
        Christian, gypsy, Polish, Czech, Italian, Russian, French… we should never forget these crimes. Entire villages were emptied and killed. If humanity denies these crimes, it is doomed to repeat then.

        • BobbyClobber

          Doomed to repeat them????? WTF???… Where have you been for the last 50 years???!!!!!

      • Tahlya Chazak

        Dear scumbag,
        I saw your comment. My boyfriend is Black. I’m a Jew. I’m not sure what part of what you said was supposed to be an insult.

        Get a life.

    • BobbyClobber

      You’re saying the crimes of the 40’s should be treated no differently than those committed from the 50’s till now? How many Americans are being hunted & jailed for their crimes. Please don’t count US Whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, they are not Criminals, they are(were) exposing them!

  • pegetarian

    Our WWII veterans, some of whom traveled thousands of miles to attend the ceremony in their honor during the “government shutdown” last autumn were blocked because Obama and his lackeys fenced off an open memorial. Although the end result was different, the actions are similar (just following orders). So, if this 89 year old can be prosecuted, what about Obama and the those below his chain of command that blocked our WWII veterans that spent money that the government doesn’t have to spite our veterans?

    • C.L.

      Nazis murdered millions of human beings: men, women, children, babies, old, young, Jewish, Christian, Italian, Russian, French … human life meant nothing to them. This stain can never be erased. To compare this to a government shutdown is ludicrous. (For the record, U.S. House Republicans shut down the government, refusing to pass a budget. They forced services to close, even to veterans.) I abhor internet comments and trolls but this comparison is intolerable–no matter which political party in America one is trying to defend or slander–comparing a government shutdown with multinational genocide is like comparing a hang nail to a deadly tornado.

      • pegetarian

        Your ability to process information seems so limited, I would feel sorry for you if you weren’t so dangerous. The clear parallel is following orders, just as the park service employees did in erecting a previously non-existent barrier on the orders of a evil man for spite. If you don’t think all those responsible for such actions shouldn’t be prosecuted then you allow the same actions to occur that happened down the nazi chain of command.

        • BobbyClobber

          To make it clear, I’m amending my other comment…

          You could swap the word Nazi, with USA, for the perpetrator,..Then add to the victim column,.. Chileans, Grenadians, Nicaraguans, Korean, Vietnamese, Yugoslavians, & many more. You could remove the word Jewish from your list, for they were lost as most of the other 45/50 million people who perished in that horrible crime. Kissinger, Pearle, Weinberger, & many more American Jews, were giving the orders to kill millions in places like, most of central & South America, including Haiti, Chile, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.,l as I previously stated, … & they will never pay for their crimes.

      • BobbyClobber

        You could swap the word Nazi, with USA, add Chileans, Grenadians, Nicaraguans, Korean, Vietnamese, Yugoslavians, & many more. You could remove the word Jewish in your list, cause they never Intentionally killed any of them, as a matter of fact, some like Kissinger, Pearle, Weinberger, & many more, were giving the orders. They will never pay for their crimes.

    • Tahlya Chazak

      I’m sorry, but please explain to me how MURDERING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE is the same as a temporary inconvenience?! PLEASE EXPLAIN THIS TO ME!

      Oh, that’s right, it’s not, you just hate the president. And note whose fault that shut down was, because it wasn’t his.

      • pegetarian

        Don’t be so dense! The murder isn’t the similarity but rather following orders that are evil. Your limited ability to think makes you as dangerous as any other government official that follows evil orders because they were given.

        • Justin Acuff

          “Orders that are evil?” Remind me again which side caused a government shutdown of services, including the memorials? God, you people are so unimaginably dense.

          • pegetarian

            Sure. Obama refused every budget the Republican house sent to keep the government running but there is no compromise with the tyrant. The entire sequester invention was Obama’s. You must get your news, if you get it all, from a source so filtered to render it useless. You are certainly entitled to your opinions but not to invent facts.

          • BobbyClobber

            Looking at this argument from afar, it’s plain to see you don’t understand Democratic Governments. It’s like the World Wide Wrestling Federation, or whatever it is known as now. They put on an act for the Public, hop in the same Rolls Royce, go out to Dinner, & YOU are paying for it. They pretend to differ, but they both work for the same people who never run for election, but control those who do & are successful, “IT’S A GAME”!

          • Tahlya Chazak

            You can reread that last sentence for yourself as well.

        • Tahlya Chazak

          Are you serious? You’re out of your mind…. no, nothing was evil that you mentioned. Murdering millions is not in any way shape or form AT ALL similar to the government shut down. Your ignorance and ability to blow things out of proportion is astounding.

          • pegetarian

            No doubt you didn’t do very well in your mathematics or logic classes as you have indicated a complete incapability to make a logical progression. The Park Service employees followed orders that were evil and though the outcome was far less tragic than the teenager that followed his orders, by erecting barriers during a government shutdown just to spite visitors when they could have refused the orders would not have cost them their lives, probably not even their jobs. The teenager would have lost his life had he disobeyed. This is a problem when people wait too long to stop evil.

  • Tahlya Chazak

    I cannot handle the level of stupidity exuded in some of these comments. It’s beyond belief.

    GOOD. Get the scumbag and send him back where he will be punished. I wish he could be killed in the same way that he killed all those innocent people… worthless scum.

    • Rhaegar Targaryen

      Go suck a black penis.

    • BobbyClobber

      Your type of comment is shared by Millions, shows the Power of Hollywood!

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  • RJL

    Send him back! This should have been done in 1992 but because of legal loopholes, he was permitted sanctuary and this murderous monster was able to live among us. While some would argue over his level of involvement in the deportation and murder of hundreds to thousands of Jewish citizens between May and October 1944, I would like to think that if someone ordered me to kill men, women and children that I would not only say “no” but try to save as many as I could. History has shown us that is was possible to do this….there were opportunities. He chose not to. He was a coward then and he’s been a coward since for hiding out here the USA. If he was proud enough to don a Nazi uniform and kill scores of innocents, then he should be just as proud of himself being deported and pronounced a death squad leader and being executed as a Nazi. I could just vomit knowing he more than likely had interactions with descendants of the Holocaust who are living here in the US (or anywhere for that matter) unbeknownst to them…..

    • BobbyClobber

      Germany was prepped by rich Americans in the 30’s, causing the starvation of millions of Americans. America needed a “Commie Killer”. Germany surrendered unconditionally in 1918. Became the world’s most powerful single force in the world a few short years later. Russia lost 26,000,000 & Germany lost over 12,000,000, while the US & Allies watched. Hitler was a former Employee of the USA, just as Saddam, Gaddafi, etc.. Check it out now, cause THEY are going to REMOVE IT!