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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Nazi war crimes suspect dies in US while awaiting extradition to Germany

Published 23/07/2014 | 19:38

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The main gate of Auschwitz, where Johann Breyer is said to have helped kill 216,000 Jewish men, women and children during the Second World War (AP)

A Nazi war crimes suspect has died in the US while awaiting extradition to Germany, his lawyer says.

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Johann Breyer, 89, died at a Philadelphia hospital, lawyer Dennis Boyle said, on the day a judge issued an order granting a request for Breyer to be extradited to Germany to face trial.

The extradition order was still subject to US government approval.

German prosecutors had hoped to try Breyer on charges of aiding in the murder of more than 200,000 Jews at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland.

Breyer had said he was forced to work there as a guard in his teens.

The retired toolmaker was arrested in Philadelphia last month and had been in federal custody.

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