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June 23, 2014

Johann Breyer was complicit in the murder of 216,000 Jews in the gas chamber at Auschwitz — Updated

John Breyer, at the age of 17, when he was in the German army

John Breyer, at the age of 17, when he was in the German army

Update July 23, 2014:  John Breyer has died while awaiting trial.
You can read about it here.  He will probably be put on trial, even after his death. I wrote that Breyer might be put on trial after his death here.

Update June 24, 2014:

According to a news article, which you can read in full here, Johann Breyer has been charged with crimes committed at the Auschwitz II camp, from May 1944 to October 1944, when the Hungarian Jews were brought to the camp in 158 trains. Starting in May 1944, Breyer was a perimeter guard at the Auschwitz I camp, which was 3 kilometers from the Auschwitz II camp.  Before that, he was a perimeter guard at the Buchenwald concentration camp, where there was no gas chamber.

The following quote is from the news article:

In Germany, Breyer was accused in connection to the extermination of approximately 158 trainloads of Jewish prisoners coming from Hungary, Germany and Czechoslovakia. This is documented to have occurred between May 1944 to October 1944. Thousands of women, men and children from the trains were sent to their deaths in the gas chambers. Breyer has denied any direct involvement in the execution process. Prosecutors argue that being a perimeter guard [at the main Auschwitz camp] and his overall presence in the camps is being involved in the process and that his role served to aid in the the deaths.

The reporter, who wrote this article used a photo from this page of my website:

Unfortunately, the reporter didn’t read the text on my website, after stealing the photo, or she would have known that the Jews, who were gassed between May 1944 and October 1944, were gassed at the Auschwitz II camp, aka Auschwitz-Birkenau.  My photo shows the gate into the Auschwitz I camp, where Breyer was a guard, but the gas chamber in this camp was no longer in operation in 1944.

Another news article, which you can read in full here, also gets the story completely wrong.

This quote is from the article, cited above:

As an armed guard at the Nazi concentration [main] camp at Auschwitz and a member of the notorious SS “Death’s Head” battalion, the authorities charged on Wednesday, Mr. Breyer was complicit in the gassing of 216,000 Jews taken [to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp] in 1944 from Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Germany.

The Germans, seeking to have him extradited to stand trial, have charged him with 158 counts of aiding and abetting in murder — one count for each of the 158 trainloads of Jews taken to the killing center at [the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp] in a six-month span. Most of the so-called deportees, including many thousands of women, children and old people, were killed in gas chambers almost immediately after arriving at Auschwitz [Birkeanau], with their bodies burned in four crematories.

Mr. Breyer acknowledged two decades ago, when first questioned by the American authorities, that he had worked as a guard at Auschwitz [main camp], but he said that he had done so involuntarily and had nothing to do with the gassings. His lawyer, Dennis Boyle, insisted Wednesday that Mr. Breyer had worked in a prison section of Auschwitz [ main camp], not among the guards in the extermination area [Auschwitz-Birkeanu]. “He was absolutely not one of those guards,” Mr. Boyle said.

You can read about the history of the “Death’s Head” unit of the SS on this page of my website:

Continue reading my original post:

According to a recent news article, which you can read in full here, 89-year old former German SS soldier Johann Breyer, now living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the USA, has been charged with being “complicit” in 158 cases of murder in the deaths of 216,000 Jews at Auschwitz.

Complicit? What does that mean? It means that he was present, somewhere inside one of the three Auschwitz camps, when 216,000 Jews arrived on 158 trains, and he did nothing to prevent the Jews from being taken to the gas chamber.  If he had tried to prevent the deaths of these 216,000 Jews, he would have been shot, on the spot, but he would have gone down in history as a hero, who tried to save Jews from an ignominious death.

Copy of the "criminal complaint" against Johann Breyer

The “criminal complaint” against Johann Breyer (click on the photo to enlarge)

The Talmud teaches that “He who saves a single life, saves the world entire.”

Are the names of the 216,000 Jews, who arrived on these 158 trains known?  Yes, but there was always a “selection” done by Dr. Josef Mengele, who was always at the ramp, looking for twins for his experiments.

The Jews, who were gassed immediately after they got off the trains in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, were not registered, so their names are unknown.

Each of the Holocaust survivors, who is still alive today, has a story about why they were not gassed.

Hungarian Jews arriving at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Hungarian Jews arriving at Auschwitz-Birkenau

What the news article didn’t tell you is that Breyer will be prosecuted in a German court, under the “common design” theory, an ex-post-facto law, that was made up by the Allies after the war. Under this concept, every German man or woman was guilty of murdering Jews, if they were anywhere near a concentration camp during World War II, working in any capacity. Even a person, who once worked as a baker, or a supply clerk in a Nazi camp, is guilty under the “common plan” or “common design” concept that was dreamed up by the Allies after the war.

This quote is from the news article:

An 89-year-old Philadelphia man [Johann Breyer] was ordered held without bail today on a German arrest warrant charging that he aided and abetted in the deaths of 216,000 Jews while he was a guard at the Auschwitz death camp.

The “Auschwitz death camp” was Auschwitz-Birkenau, aka Auschwitz II, which was located near the “Judenrampe” (shown in the photo below) where the Jews got off the trains, before the tracks were extended inside the camp when the Hungarian Jews were deported in May 1944.

The train ramp, from where the Jews were taken to the Auschwitz II camp

The train ramp, from where the Jews were taken to the Auschwitz II camp to be gassed

However, this quote from the news article says that Breyer worked at the Auschwitz I camp:

Breyer testified in U.S. court that he served as a perimeter guard at Auschwitz I, which was largely for prisoners used as slave laborers, though it also had a makeshift gas chamber used early in the war; it was also the camp where SS doctor Josef Mengele carried out sadistic experiments on inmates.

But [Breyer] denied ever serving in Auschwitz II, better known as Auschwitz-Birkenau, the death camp area where the bulk of the people were killed.

Note that, according to the news article, the Auschwitz I camp had a “makeshift gas chamber.”  What does that mean?  Is this a reference to the fact, now admitted, that the gas chamber in the main camp was created by the Soviets after the war?

Or is the term “makeshift gas chamber” an admission that the so-called gas chamber in the main camp was a morgue room that could not have been used as a homicidal gas chamber?

Will the prosecution have to prove that the “makeshift gas chamber” in the main camp could have been used to kill people?  No, of course not. It is “common knowledge” that Jews were gassed inside what looks like a morgue room in the main Auschwitz camp.

Gas chamber in main Auschwitz camp was located in the morgue room

Gas chamber in main Auschwitz camp was located in the morgue room (Click on photo to enlarge)

Quote from the news article:

By early 1943, [Breyer] arrived at Auschwitz, still a [17-year-old] teenager. He allegedly became a member of the Death’s Head battalion. In the next year, 216,000 Jews arrived by train and “were exterminated upon arrival,” the indictment says. They “were taken from the train ramp by armed Death’s Head guards directly to the gas chambers for extermination. … The armed Death’s Head guards were under orders to shoot to kill anyone who tried to escape.”

Note that all the Jews, who had arrived by train, “were exterminated upon arrival.”  What? There were no selections?  Where was Dr. Mengele when these 216,000 Jews arrived by train? Maybe he was sick.  It is known that Dr. Mengele got typhus while he was at Auschwitz, so maybe he missed doing the selections from 158 trains.

You can read about the “Death’s Head” battalion on my website at

The photo below shows the “Death’s Head” emblem. Any German soldier, who wore this emblem, was a criminal, under the ex-post-facto laws of the Allies.

Death's Head emblem worn by SS men on their caps.

Death’s Head emblem worn by SS men on their caps.

If Johann Breyer is renditioned to Germany for prosecution under the “common design” charge, he will be automatically convicted because there is no defense against the “common design” charge. Any German person, who was anywhere near a German concentration camp is automatically guilty, regardless of his or her job at the camp.

John Breyer claims that he does not have a tattoo, which all SS soldiers were supposed to have, showing their blood type. Dr. Mengele did not have this tattoo either.  If an SS soldier were caught after the war, he would have been instantly recognizable as an SS soldier, so apparently these soldiers were given a choice in the matter, since the tattoo marked them as a “war criminal.”


  1. What a magnificent web blog, “scrapbookpages”. I’ve read probably the entire site several times. I had no idea that someone responsible for it was still online. I’m here because of Breyer, thanx for the fabulous website. The evidence is there.

    Comment by Woodworker — July 23, 2014 @ 5:26 pm

    • What do you mean by “The evidence is there.” in the case of John Breyer? What is the “evidence” that he committed a war crime, which was a war crime at the time that he committed it?

      The prosecution’s case against John Breyer is that he committed a crime under the ex-post-facto laws that were made up by the Allies AFTER the war. So, at the time that he was allegedly committing these crimes, he didn’t know that he was committing a crime.

      I started my blog on Feb. 5, 2010 with this post:

      Since then, I have written a total of 1,243 blog posts, many of which are longer than a page in a book. If you have read my entire blog several times, that would be the equivalent of 2 or 3 large books.

      Comment by furtherglory — July 24, 2014 @ 8:45 am

  2. “GRANDMOTHER DIED” interview of Naujocks is a real fun to read. That freak had never been in Gleiwitz, or it’s surroundings and made up his story from scratch.
    And, of course, Reinhard Heydrich could not come with better idea for code word than “GRANDMOTHER DIED”.
    I am impressed.

    Comment by Gasan — June 29, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

    • Yes, it is… haha.

      I think that the Gleiwitz story is just the same as the 1932 one but significantly ‘adjusted’. Naujocks mentioned the same “code” that was “discovered” on 1932 during the elections, but 12 years later, in 1944, when Germany was losing the war (and Heydrich was already dead). So, in 1944-1945, who would be able to contradict him? Heydrich’s corpse? I don’t think so.

      Comment by Enrique — July 1, 2014 @ 12:31 pm

    • Uh, my bad, Naujocks affidavit is from November 20, 1945. And that declaration doesn’t mention the “Grandmother died” code… So, yup, Naujocks added it later, when he was already a free man… Such a liar.

      Comment by Enrique — July 1, 2014 @ 1:22 pm

  3. How long would it take to cremate 216k corpses? What did they do with the bones? In a modern crematorium, they have special machines to post-process the remains — ie to crush the bones that remain after cremation. I’ve never heard anything about that — any equipment for doing that present at Auschwitz. Where are all of those bones? What did they do with all those human ashes? Have they ever done any forensic investigations at Auschwitz to find all of those bones and all of that human ash? And how much energy in the form of coal would it have taken to cremate 216k corpses? You’d need something like a small mountain of coal for that, I would guess. Are there records of shipments of such large amounts of coal to Auschwitz? Is it known where at Auschwitz the coal was stored? Do any of the aerial images the Allies made of Auschwitz show a huge pile of coal? That amount of coal had to be visible from the air.

    Just asking.

    Comment by eah — June 28, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

    • The answer is that the number of corpses did not reach 216,000 in the last months of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, when Breyer was a guard at the main camp. Go to this website which shows how the number of deaths has dwindled over the years until now the number is 135,000 to 140,000 deaths.

      This quote is from the website, cited above:
      Begin quote
      The estimate of 135,000 is roughly corroborated by the “Auschwitz death books.” The death books themselves are wartime German camp records, which were captured by the Soviets towards the end of the war, and hidden in Soviet achieves, until released to the Red Cross in 1989.

      The death books consist of 46 volumes which document each death at Auschwitz (each death certificate consists of the deceased person’s full name, profession and religion, date and place of birth, pre-Auschwitz residence, parents’ names, time of death, and cause of death as determined by a camp physician). The records for the most important years, 1942 and 1943, are almost complete (there are also a few volumes for the year 1941, but none for the year 1944 or January 1945 (when Auschwitz was evacuated)).
      End quote

      The German people are noted for being very precise in everything that they do. Of course, they kept records.

      Comment by furtherglory — June 29, 2014 @ 7:55 am

  4. Good God man! Come on,you’re killing me here. Are you an author or defense attorney. You clearly state at the beginning of your post ,this moron was a “former” member of the SS. Former meaning he “was”,in the past. Then you say towards the end of your post,he was “allegedly”a member of the SS. Allegedly meaning it is a “supposition”. For the record,the “deaths head ” was not exclusive to concentration camp staff. The 3rd SS panzer division wore it. Hey sport. If this chuckle head worked at a concentration camp,put his sorry arse on trial. Say what you will,but there is no way you can tell me with a
    straight face,he was ignorant to what was going on there. It was so demonstrable that Helen Keller would’ve known what was going on there. Not no,but hell no! This worthless piece of offal don’t skate on this. He’s had a life! What about the children he turned the proverbial “blind eye” towards? No. He’s guilty as an accomplice . Nail his arse to the floor! What next ? You gonna try to make the “Bitch of Buchenwald” (AKA Ilse Koch) ,look like Mother Theresa ? It is said she would ride on a horse naked at the Buchenwald camp. Any prisoner that looked at her,she’d whip and/or have them sent to the “showers”. I might be willing to say that was made up for one reason. Who would want to “look at her”? She is one of the most ghastly looking women I’ve ever seen. That old insult that goes,”when she was born, she was so ugly,the doctor looked at her and slapped her mother” ,is right on the money when it comes to her. Do you put on a “Nazi armband” ,when you write this stuff? You must,because you seem like you want to gain an aquital for every last nazi out there . If you want to shock people and wow them,do a post on what happened when the ruskies rolled into Berlin . That was billed as the “largest mass rape in history”. The Reds were filled with so much hate towards Germany and her citizens . They went door to door raping as many women as they could. Yeah. The Ruskies were real savages.

    Comment by Tim — June 27, 2014 @ 10:21 am

    • The word “allegedly” was in a news article, which I quoted. My whole blog post is a complaint about an article written by someone else. The person, who wrote the article, used one of my photos, without giving a photo credit, and then got the facts of the case wrong. Since she was on my website, stealing photos, she could have read the facts about the various Auschwitz camps.

      Comment by furtherglory — June 27, 2014 @ 10:28 am

    • I wrote about the “Death’s Head” soldiers on this page of my website:

      I have put a link to this page on my blog post.

      Comment by furtherglory — June 27, 2014 @ 10:39 am

    • I have written about the trial of Ilse Koch on this page of my website: The claims in the accusations, made by the former prisoners, were not proved in her trial.

      Comment by furtherglory — June 27, 2014 @ 10:58 am

    • You wrote: “What about the children he turned the proverbial “blind eye” towards? No. He’s guilty as an accomplice. Nail his arse to the floor!”

      What about the photos of the children, who were alive, when the Russians arrived on January 27, 1945? What about all the Holocaust survivors, who are writing books and giving lectures to school children in America today? They were children during the Holocaust, and they were at the Auschwitz II camp, where the gas chambers were located. How come they weren’t killed?

      Children under the age of 15 were gassed immediately upon arrival at Auschwitz. Why are so many of these children still alive today.

      Breyer worked in the Auschwitz I camp, where there were no children. How is he an accomplice to the gassing of children in another camp, which was 3 kilometers from the camp where he was working?

      How is a guard, who was guarding the fence around the main camp, an accomplice to the gassing of the Jews in another camp, that was 3 kilometers from where he was working?

      Comment by furtherglory — June 27, 2014 @ 11:25 am

  5. Presumably at the trial they’ll produce at least one name with proof of death by gassing.

    Comment by eah — June 25, 2014 @ 12:02 pm

    • Unfortunately, that would be impossible because the Jews, who were gassed, were not registered in the camp and their names are officially unknown. However, every Holocaust survivor can supply the names of all their relatives, who were killed in the gas chamber. Every survivor has his or her story about how they escaped the gas chamber themselves.

      No gas chamber expert has ever proved that the gas chambers at Auschwitz could have been used to gas people. On the contrary, at least two experts have proved that the gas chambers were not used to kill people.

      Comment by furtherglory — June 25, 2014 @ 12:09 pm

      • So. the “expert” said the Gas chambers not used to kill people. Remember, it was also “experts” that said “global warming” is real. Few years down the road they fessed up and said they lied about global warming. What the hell else were the douchebag nazis gonna use the gas chamber for?

        Comment by Tim — June 27, 2014 @ 10:28 am

        • You wrote “What the hell else were the douchebag nazis gonna use the gas chamber for?”

          The gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp was a morgue, used to hold the bodies of the prisoners who had died of disease, until they could be cremated in the ovens, right next to the morgue room.

          The gas chambers at the Auschwitz II camp, aka Auschwitz-Birkenau, were also morgue rooms to hold the bodies of the prisoners who had died of disease. There were two morgue rooms, in each of the alleged gas chamber buildings. If these two rooms were really an undressing room and a gas chamber room, where were the bodies stored until they could be burned? Were the bodies piled up outside, where they would have frozen solid before they could have been burned?

          Why were Jewish prisoners given the job of removing the bodies from the so-called undressing room and the so-called gas chamber? Why were these Sonderkommando Jews marched out of the camp in January 1945, and taken to other camps where they were allowed to live? Did the Nazis deliberately arrange for witnesses, who could testify about the alleged “gas chambers?”

          Why were prisoners allowed to play soccer in a field right next to one of the so-called gas chamber buildings? Why did the Nazis arrange for witnesses to the gassing of the Jews?

          Comment by furtherglory — June 27, 2014 @ 11:12 am

    • Of course my comment was meant ironically. They won’t produce the name of a single person with proof of death by gassing. They won’t because they can’t. And they won’t because they don’t have to. In a number of countries — and Germany is one of them — the ‘Holocaust’ is legally fact. You cannot question it. It’s a crime to question it, literally any aspect of it. Especially whether or not the Germans gassed Jews.

      Comment by eah — June 28, 2014 @ 1:39 pm

  6. Latest news from the German occupation construct state;

    Comment by peter — June 24, 2014 @ 3:36 pm

    • Where is Hitler when we need him? He would never had tolerated this artwork, or whatever you call it.

      Comment by furtherglory — June 24, 2014 @ 4:32 pm

      • Well,I figure right about know hitler is satans whore

        Comment by Tim — June 27, 2014 @ 10:29 am

  7. Hi, I’m here again.

    Sorry for commenting on topics that aren’t related to this one:

    But it its blocked , and I just have found interesting stuff about WWII and I think you need to see it hehe

    In your 2010 post is written:

    “At noon on the 31st of August I received by telephone from Heydrich the code word for the attack which was to take place at 8 o’clock that evening. Heydrich said, ‘In order to carry out this attack, report to Muller for “Canned Goods.”‘”

    As you know, there was a “special code/command” that was the alleged cue for the initiation of the invasion of Poland.

    Der Spiegel and many other sites report that the command was “GRANDMOTHER DIED”. (According to this, Heydrich called Naujocks and, by phone, said the secret command).

    Here is an interview (in german) capturing the event:

    Well, ok, assuming it happened just like its written…

    I was reading an old newspaper, and, on March 17 (1932) was reported that a “Hitlerist Pustch” was suffocated.

    By that year, Hitler was losing against Hindenburg at elections.


    As you can see (in red), the alleged cue for that “Pustch” was… “GRANDMOTHER DIED”.

    (Quite interesting…)

    Here is an english version of those news:,3777163

    What do you think about that? I’ve never heard about that 1932 Putsch/Armed mobilization…

    Why the germans used the same “secret code” for different operations? I mean, Im talking about 1932…

    The Gleiwitz incident came in 1939, 7 years later…
    Or maybe it was the “1932 Putsch” but recycled/reconstructed by the allies?…

    Thank you for your time.


    Comment by Enrique — June 23, 2014 @ 11:51 pm

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