WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A former top Nazi commander has been living in the United States for decades.
And now an international investigation is getting under way. The 94-year-old allegedly lied to get into America, and then fooled all of his neighbors in Minnesota, CBS 2’s Lou Young reported Friday.
In a photograph he looks like the very image of a European immigrant living the American dream. There is no hint that the man living in the modest home in Minneapolis may have been commander of a murderous Nazi SS unit during World War II.
Michael Karkoc may have been undone, in part, by own sense of comfort and safety here in the U.S.
“He thinks this is going to go away. He published a memoir! Why would he publish a memoir? It’s in the Library of Congress and it was just found by accident because someone was looking for him and did a Google search and found him in Minnesota. He has to explain this,” said Millie Jasper of the Holocaust Information Center in White Plains.
The 94-year-old Ukrainian immigrant claimed to have avoided the military when he applied for residency in 1949 but admitted to running the Ukrainian Self-Defense Legion in his memoir — a unit tied to war crimes, including suppression of the Warsaw ghetto uprising.