Pastor: Minnesota Nazi Seemed Like 'Good Citizen'
Prosecution of Michael Karkoc should be simple: Nazi hunter
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 15, 2013 11:25 AM CDT
In this May 22, 1990 photo, Michael Karkoc is photographed in Lauderdale, Minn. prior to a visit to Minnesota from Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in early June of 1990.   (AP Photo/The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Chris Polydoroff)

(Newser) – Minnesota neighbors of Michael Karkoc are stunned at the AP's finding that he led a Nazi unit said to have massacred civilians. "I know him personally. We talk, laugh. He takes care of his yard and walks with his wife," says Karkoc's next-door neighbor. Adds a pastor at a church Karkoc attends, per the AP: "All the time I am here, I know him as a good man, a good citizen. He's well known in the congregation." Karkoc's son, meanwhile, says his father "was never a Nazi": "That's the god's honest truth."

US, German, and Polish prosecutors are now investigating Karkoc, the Christian Science Monitor notes. A top Nazi hunter in Jerusalem says the case should be simple for the US. "If he was the commander of a unit that carried out atrocities, that's a no brainer," he says. So why haven't US authorities already caught him, the Monitor wonders? A 2010 Justice department report says some 10,000 former Nazis may have been living in the US at one time. But "there is enormous difficulty in marshaling the evidence for these prosecutions, many subjects died before investigation was complete, the cases take years to litigate to completion, and the office (dedicated to the task) is small."

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apocalypso
Jun 17, 2013 9:54 PM CDT
I LOVE how some moron keeps flagging all of my comments as inappropriate even when they aren't, because when they get reviewed and approved and put back in the system, they also repost at the top of the pile. So whoever's flagging me as inappropriate even when I'm not is really just making sure my comments double post. Thanks, moron! :)
laxman23
Jun 16, 2013 8:04 PM CDT
If this is true about Karkoc, which Ivy League University will be the first to offer him a position as a member of its academic staff.
okaragozian
Jun 16, 2013 12:03 PM CDT
Horrific! To think that a good man could do something like this and then get back into regular life and live normally. Horrific!