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.
Michael Karkoc, 94, told American authorities in 1949 that he had
performed no military service during World War II, concealing his work
as an officer and founding member of the SS-led Ukrainian
Self Defense Legion and later as an officer in the SS Galician
Division, according to records obtained by the AP through a Freedom of
Information Act request. The Galician Division and a Ukrainian
nationalist organization he served in were both on a secret American
government blacklist of organizations whose members were forbidden from
entering the United States at the time.