Mpls Man Center of German War Crimes Investigation
A Minneapolis man, who immigrated here seven decades ago, is now under investigation by German authorities.
German investigators say they are looking into the military past of Michael Karkoc. Authorities say they want to find out if the 94-year-old, as a unit commander under orders from the Nazi-SS, helped kill hundreds of men, women and children in Poland during World War II.
This new development, legal experts say, is significant because Germany has a national policy to track, investigate and prosecute suspected war criminals regardless of age, or their condition of health.
University of Minnesota law professor, Fred Morrison, tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the next step for investigators is to find evidence Karkoc was present and held "command responsibility" during village massacres in 1944 to quash what is known as the "Warsaw Uprising."
Karkoc published a book in the 1990s in the Ukrainian language where he reveals commanding a unit under the direction of the German, Nazi-SS.
That same unit has been connected to the massacres ordered by the SS in Polish villages. The family of Michael Karkoc has vehemently denied he was ever in the Nazi-SS and say he is innocent of the accusations.