A man who stands accused of being a former Nazi unit commander has been found living in Minnesota. Polish prosecutors are seeking to extradite Michael Karkoc, aged 98, for contributing to the deaths of 44 Poles during World War II. He entered the U.S. in 1949 and eventually became a citizen.
Records state that Karkoc was an officer in the SS Galician Division, as well as an officer and founder of the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion. The Galician Division was blacklisted by U.S. immigration and Karkoc would not have been allowed to enter the country if his identity had been known. He allegedly lied about his identity and withheld information about his military service from U.S. immigration.
Karkoc’s son said there is no historical record to support the accusations and labeled them, “scandalous and baseless slanders.”
The Daily Caller reports on the accuracy of the claims:
Prosecutor Robert Janicki told AP the evidence gathered confirmed “100 percent” that he was a commander in the Ukrainian Defense Legion.
“All the pieces of evidence interwoven together allow us to say the person who lives in the U.S. is Michael K., who commanded the Ukrainian Self Defense Legion which carried out the pacification of Polish villages in the Lublin region,” Janicki said.
The U.S. Department of Justice started an office to deport Nazis in 1979, which has resulted in more than 300 being refused entry or deported. It is well documented, however, that the U.S. government imported Nazi scientists after WWII to help develop the space program and other scientific projects.