Johann Breyer, 87, who now lives in Philadelphia, has admitted in court papers that he was a guard at the infamous Auschwitz camp in Poland, where more than 1 million people, mostly Jews, were put to death during World War II. But, he says he was just 17 at the time -- a rank-and-file soldier forced to guard the camp's perimeter, and had no ability to stop what happening inside, CNN reported.
The German government disagrees.
"He was a trained, paid, uniformed armed Nazi guard who patrolled the perimeters of two such camps with orders to shoot those who tried to escape," a German court ruled in 1994.
Breyer obtained U.S. citizenship in 1952 claiming he was a displaced person. He was granted the status, but the U.S. government later tried to strip him of the right, arguing unsuccessfully in 2003 that Nazis aren't welcome.
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