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Extradited Nazi Camp Guard Appears in Court in W. Germany

January 26, 1990
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Bruno Karl Blach, a former California resident, was ordered to be kept in custody by a court in Duisburg, West Germany, on Thursday, where he will stand trial for multiple murders committed in Germany and Austria during World War II.

The 69-ycar-old suspect was flown to Dusseldorf from the United States on Wednesday, after agreeing to extradition.

According to Hans-Joachim Reseller, a member of the prosecution team, Blach’s American lawyers said he preferred to face charges in Germany rather than continue his legal battle against deportation.

Blach, a native of Czechoslovakia, joined the Nazi party in 1939 and served as an SS guard at the Dachau and Wiener Neudorf concentration camps.

He was a member of the Notorious SS Totenkopf (Death’s Head) battalion, and is accused of murdering camp inmates between April 2 and 14, 1944, on the way from Neudorf to the Mauthausen concentration camp.

Blach entered the United States in 1956 but never took out citizenship. He lived in La Habra, a suburb of Los Angeles, and had worked as a grocery clerk.

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