The revelation that a top former commander of a Nazi SS-led military unit has lived quietly in Minneapolis for the past six decades came as a shock to those who knew 94-year-old Michael Karkoc.
A man who owns the house where Michael Karkoc lived in Minneapolis said that he wasn't home. Karkoc 94, a top commander of a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children, lied to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living in Minnesota since shortly after World War II, according to evidence uncovered by The Associated Press. (June 14, 2013)
Gordon Gnasdoskey, a longtime neighbor of Michael Karkoc, 94, sits on his porch in Minneapolis, Minn. Gnasdoskey says he has known Karkoc for many years and was stunned to learn about the Nazi past of a man he has shared laughs with and who was known as a churchgoer. (June 14, 2013)
This Nov. 29, 1944, image provided by the U.S. District Court of the state of Delaware shows a Nazi document. Federal authorities say they have recovered hundreds of pages from the wartime diary of Alfred Rosenberg, a Nazi party official and key adviser to Adolf Hitler. The translation of the document: "Dear Mr. Rosenberg! Gauleiter Koch informed me of his telegram to you of November 12, 1944 regarding the conclusion of the Reich Commissar Ukraine's shutting-down work, and the correspondence preceding this telegram. I would be thankful if you would also bring to my attention your reply to this telegram, Heil Hitler! The red "Geheim!" in Gothic script at the top means "Secret!"
The photo taken in Chicago shows the header of Michael Karkoc's petition for naturalization obtained from the U.S. National Archives in Illinois. The petition was granted. (June 3, 2013)
The undated reproduction shows a SS administrative file probably dated 1944 and now located in the Polish National Archive in Krakow, southern Poland. It shows a roster list for the Ukrainian Self Defense Legion identifying Michail Karkoz as the top commander of II company.
This undated reproduction shows a page of Michael Karkoc's 1949 U.S. Army intelligence file that AP had declassified by the U.S. National Archives in Maryland through a Freedom of Information Act request. Officials note in the document that Karkoc told them he performed no military service during the war; working for his father until 1944 and in a labor camp from 1944 to 45.
The photo taken in Chicago shows the oath of allegiance on Michael Karkoc's petition for naturalization obtained from the U.S. National Archives in Illinois. The petition was granted. Karkoc a top commander whose Nazi SS-led unit is blamed for burning villages filled with women and children lied to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living in Minnesota since shortly after World War II, according to evidence uncovered by The Associated Press. (June 3, 2013)
Michael Karkoc, photographed in Lauderdale, Minn., before Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev visited the state in early June of 1990. (May 22, 1990)