German prosecutors open preliminary investigation of US man who was commander of Nazi-led unit

  • Article by: GEIR MOULSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 24, 2013 - 2:14 PM

BERLIN — German prosecutors said Monday that they opened a formal preliminary investigation of a Minnesota man who was a commander of a Nazi-led unit during World War II, to determine whether there is enough evidence to bring charges and seek his extradition.

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scissorshendJun. 24, 13 2:29 PM

So Germany is gonna send in a few Nazis to determine if this guy is a Nazi?

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ethan36Jun. 24, 13 2:45 PM

Thank you for the ongoing coverage of the Nazi hiding in plain sight in Minneapolis. Not stated in this article, but a key issue in the initial investigation is the overwhelming evidence that contrary to the family’s denial, Karkoc was in fact a Nazi. Specifically, as acknowledged in the initial AP story, "in a Ukrainian-language memoir published in 1995, Karkoc states that he helped found the Ukrainian Self Defense Legion in 1943 in collaboration with the Nazis' feared SS intelligence agency, the SD, to fight on the side of Germany - and served as a company commander in the unit, which received orders directly from the SS, through the end of the war." Also noted in the same article was Karkoc's admission in his memoir that he received the "Iron Cross, a Nazi award for bravery." Additionally, Karkoc’s name was listed on an "SS payroll document" as the "highest ranking commander of 2 Company.” There is more evidence in the June 14th article, but the family’s denial that Karkoc was a Nazi is directly contradicted by his own memoir and Nazi Germany’s own records.

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boozlesJun. 24, 13 3:21 PM

Send him to Poland and let them have justice.

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