According to a report released on Friday, June 14, by the Associated Press, evidence has surfaced, after a protracted investigation across six countries, that a leading commander of a Nazi SS unit has been living “under the radar” in Minnesota since the end of World War II. Michael Karkoc, 94, has been accused of brutal atrocities against civilians including the burning of villages filled with women and children when he served as a Ukrainian SS commandant. ABC News has reported that most of the crimes affiliated with Karkoc’s group occurred in Poland, including the 1944 directive to “liquidate all the residents” of the village of Chlaniow, according to documents from a Soviet-era investigation, discovered by the AP. Having concealed his wartime record to gain admittance into the US after World War II, it has been alleged that Karkoc blatantly lied to American immigration officials. A report published on the INN web site said that Karkoc told American authorities in 1949 that he had performed no military service during World War II. He told investigators that he “worked for father until 1944. Worked in labor camp from 1944 until 1945,” according to the AP report. Records obtained by AP through a Freedom of Information Act request indicate that Karkoc was an officer and founding member of the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion and later was an officer in the SS Galician Division. In 1995, a Ukrainian-language memoir that Karkoc published states that he helped found the Ukrainian Self Defense Legion in 1943, according to an INN report, in collaboration with the Nazis’ SS intelligence agency, the SD, to fight on the side of Germany — and served as a company commander in the unit, which received orders directly from the SS, through the end of the war.
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