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The Ukrainian Nazi Living in Minnesota

94-year-old Michael Karkoc has been in the United States since 1949

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Michael Karkoc; an undated reproduction shows a SS administrative file probably dated 1944.(AP Photo/The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Chris Polydoroff)

This morning, the AP reported the disturbing news that Michael Karkoc, a 94-year-old man living in Minneapolis, MN, was a top commander of a Nazi SS-led Ukrainian unit involved in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. Karkoc, who arrived in the United States in 1949, was in fact a founding member of the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion, which has been accused of setting fire to villages filled with women and children, and was later an officer in the SS Galician Division.

According to the AP:

Michael Karkoc, 94, told American authorities in 1949 that he had performed no military service during World War II, concealing his work as an officer and founding member of the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion and later as an officer in the SS Galician Division, according to records obtained by the AP through a Freedom of Information Act request. The Galician Division and a Ukrainian nationalist organization he served in were both on a secret American government blacklist of organizations whose members were forbidden from entering the United States at the time.

The AP launched an investigation into Karkoc after receiving a tip from a London-based retired clinical pharmacologist who was researching former members of the SS Galician Division—and found an address for Karkoc in Minnesota.

The Atlantic Wire points out one of the stranger elements of this whole story: Karkoc wrote a memoir about all of this in 1995.

Perhaps even more remarkable than the facts that Karkoc lied to American officials, passed a background check, and lived in the United States unnoticed for more than 60 years, is that he actually a published a memoir in 1995 in which he admits to founding the Ukrainian Self Defense Legion, serving as a company commander, and collaborating with the SS. The book is available in the Library of Congress, but was written in Ukrainian and has likely been read by very few people.

Karkoc will likely face deporation and war-crimes prosecution, either in Germany or Poland, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Efraim Zuroff told the AP. “In America this is a relatively easy case: If he was the commander of a unit that carried out atrocities, that’s a no brainer.”

Suspected Warsaw Ghetto murderer found in Minnesota [JTA]

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Boleslaw Bierut says:

Oh dear, oh dear, no Poles protesting yet? Warsaw Uprising – 1944; Warsaw Ghetto Uprising – 1943. Just fix it before the avalanche comes down on you.;)

JMINYC51 says:

What a shame that he got to live to 94 years of age before getting caught. And What I wonder, did he have a family in the United States and did they know he was a monster? The thought of having him as a relative or knowing someone like this gives me the chills.

    Oh but you wouldn’t have problems being related to the guy who dropped an atomic bomb on japan. That was done to save American military lives. Burning villages in retaliation for attacks to save Axis military lives. Both countries targeted civilians to save military lives.

Alex Mandel says:

Oh yes, no doubt he killed Jewish children to save military lives. So, minimally this ‘hero” is in the US illegally. . Send him back to his homeland where they can throw him a parade.

arby8888 says:

Exclude the trash, improve the neighbourhood. Hopefully this nasty piece of work will be held in custody pending extradition; his bank accounts/ property should be seized as proceeds of crime.


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The Ukrainian Nazi Living in Minnesota

94-year-old Michael Karkoc has been in the United States since 1949

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