TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Commander of Nazi-led unit under investigation

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 9:36 p.m.
 

WARSAW — Prosecutors in Poland and Germany said on Tuesday they are reviewing files on a Minnesota man who was a commander of a Nazi-led unit to see whether they have enough evidence to press charges and request his extradition from the United States.

An AP investigation revealed that Michael Karkoc, 94, entered the United States in 1949 by lying to American authorities about his leadership role in the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion, which is accused of torching villages and killing civilians in Poland during World War II. AP's evidence indicates that Karkoc was at the scene of the massacres, although no records link him directly to atrocities.

Robert Kopydlowski of Poland's National Remembrance Institute, which investigates Nazi and Soviet crimes, said prosecutors are reviewing files on Karkoc's unit for any evidence that would justify charges and an extradition request. Kopydlowski said the files were gathered during separate investigations into the killings of civilians in the village of Chlaniow, in southeastern Poland, and into Nazi suppression of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against German occupation. The AP found documentation showing that Karkoc's unit was involved in both.

“If we have a living person who might be the perpetrator of a crime, we must gather evidence to prove that the person indeed took part in the crime and decide whether the evidence is sufficient to press charges and to seek an extradition,” Kopydlowski said.

Germany has taken the position that people involved in Nazi crimes must be prosecuted, no matter how old or infirm, as it did in the case of retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk, who died last year at age 91 while appealing his conviction as a guard at the Sobibor death camp.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Israeli leader signals no quick end to Gaza conflict
  2. PLO offers truce as at least 100 killed in Gaza
  3. Libya torn by worst fighting since 2011 revolution
  4. Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine
  5. Syrian casualties surge amid rise in attacks by Islamic State
  6. Iraq’s split into 3 states becomes a reality
  7. Peace Corps volunteers pulled from Kenya
  8. Obama, European leaders agree to new Russia sanctions
  9. Russia says it will block 13 Americans, including lawmaker, from entering country
  10. Air Algerie flight ‘probably’ crashed in Mali in rough weather
  11. UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.