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U.S. immigration to investigate Nazi-led unit commander living in Minneapolis

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In a quiet northeast Minneapolis neighborhood, history came knocking on the home of 94-year-old Michael Karkoc, and the reception from a relative was not friendly.

Nazi hunters have identified Karkoc as a commander of a Ukrainian militia unit under the direction of the Nazis.

Records do not show whether he had a direct role in war crimes, but men from his unit say the company he led burned villages, and massacred Polish women and children.

Karkoc came to America shortly after World War II, but immigration papers obtained by the Associated Press show he may have lied, saying he never performed any military service. Karkoc claimed he worked for his father, and then in a labor camp.

Polish prosecutors said they will look at Karkoc's war time role, and FOX 9 has learned U.S. immigration, which has deported dozens of Nazi war criminals, is also looking at the case.

"While we do not confirm or deny the existence of specific investigations, I can say as a general matter that the Department of Justice continues to pursue all credible allegations of participation in World War II Nazi crimes by US citizens and residents," Justice Department spokesman Michael Passman told the Associated Press.

Friday, many of his northeast Minneapolis neighbors -- many of them fellow Ukrainians -- are trying to reconcile the history they remember and the old man they know who speaks broken English and keeps his yard tidy.

"At the point of 93 years old what do you do? Someone has to be responsible for some sort of punishment," said neighbor Gordon Gnasdoskey.

Karkoc once wrote a memoir, in Ukranian, about his war time experience -- apparently leaving out the atrocities. And if he was hiding, it was in plain sight -- a ghost of history.

 

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