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(PHILADELPHIA) — Police arrested an 89-year-old immigrant from Czechoslovakia accused on Tuesday of being a Nazi SS guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

The German government had issued a warrant for Johann “John” Breyer’s arrest on June 17, 2013, according to the criminal complaint. Breyer is accused of being complicit in the commission of over 150 murders at the concentration camp.

The German warrant was issued based on historical records and findings, investigations of post-war German courts, prior statements allegedly made by Breyer and cooperating witnesses, and expert treatises and opinions, the complaint says.

Breyer is the oldest person ever accused of Nazi ties by U.S. authorities. He allegedly joined the Waffen SS at age 17 and worked as an armed guard at Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps.

The complaint also notes that Breyer made “admissions” to attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice, “which confirm that he is the same person sought by the German warrant.”

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