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.
The Associated Press found that 94-year-old Michael Karkoc
entered the US in 1949 by lying to American authorities about his role
in the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion, which is accused of
torching villages and killing civilians in Poland. AP's evidence
indicates that Karkoc was in the area of the massacres, although no
records link him directly to atrocities.