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How Did They Nazi Him? SS Commander Found Hiding in Minn. After 60 Years

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on June 14, 2013

Your new Hide & Seek Champion is Michael Karkoc.

The Associated Press did some digging and discovered “a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children lied to American immigration officials to get into the United States” has been living right here in Minnesota since World War II. The surveillance state has failed us.

AP Photo/The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Chris Polydoroff

AP Photo/The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Chris Polydoroff

The AP story is a must-read. Here’s an excerpt:

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.
Though records do not show that Karkoc had a direct hand in war crimes, statements from men in his unit and other documentation confirm the Ukrainian company he commanded massacred civilians, and suggest that Karkoc was at the scene of these atrocities as the company leader. Nazi SS files say he and his unit were also involved in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, in which the Nazis brutally suppressed a Polish rebellion against German occupation.

Click here for the AP write-up, which features his immigration documents and how this Nazi hunting all got started.

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