Minneapolis Man Ordered Nazi-led Massacre: Soldier
German prosecutor recommends murder charges against Michael Karkoc
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2013 7:21 AM CST
Updated Nov 18, 2013 8:14 AM CST
In this May 22, 1990 photo, Michael Karkoc, 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) – New evidence suggests that Michael Karkoc, the former Nazi SS commander found living in Minnesota, may have actually ordered the 1944 attack on Chlaniow, in which 44 Polish villagers, including women and children, were killed. Initially, Karkoc was simply said to have been near the scenes of that and other Ukrainian massacres, but now the AP has uncovered testimony from a private under Karkoc's command who said Karkoc ordered the attack as retaliation after an SS major was killed. In the wake of the revelation, a German federal prosecutor is recommending murder charges against the 94-year-old Karkoc. State prosecutors still need to make the final decision.

"The command [to attack Chlaniow] was given by one of the commanders to cordon off the village and prepare for battle," said Ivan Sharko, confirmed by a German roster to have served under Karkoc. "The commander of our company, Wolf [Karkoc's pseudonym], also gave the command to cordon off the village and check all the houses, and to find and punish the partisans." He went on to describe the razing of the town, noting that he saw three "peaceful inhabitants who had been killed." Karkoc's family continues to deny his involvement. He continues to live in Minnesota as Germany and Poland investigate his case.

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K F
Jul 31, 2015 8:18 AM CDT
Michael Karkoc, another NAZI killing machine, he's in bad health, some of his victims were too. Make him travel anyway!
strangerdave
Nov 18, 2013 5:56 PM CST
Very astute comment iq45. Yes, all Nazi criminals lived to a very old age. Except for the thousands who were executed for war crimes, died during the war, or were murdered by Hitler himself. But what would one expect from one who obviously believes that God's final judgement is carried out in our ephemeral world. Or knows nothing about the Old Testament and God's covenant with Abraham. By the way, "God's chosen people" (which Jews are, per the aforementioned covenant) have among the longest life spans of any ethnic group. So what does that prove?
iq145
Nov 18, 2013 1:54 PM CST
Curious: Ever notice how all Nazi criminals live to a VERY old age? It's as though they'd all gained X amount of days or months added to their lives for each one of "God's chosen people" that they've killed... Examples: Erich Priebke, John Demjanjuk, Hans Lipschis, and now this Michael Karkoc guy.