Polish prosecutors announced this week that they will be seeking the extradition of a United States citizen believed to have been an atrocity-committing Nazi unit commander during the Second World War, reports The Daily Caller.
The 98-year-old man is accused of contributing to the deaths of 44 Poles.
Michael Karkoc entered the United States in 1949 and has been living in Minnesota ever since. However, before he entered the land of the free, he was a member of the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion, reports The Associated Press.
Part of his activities included leading an attack on a Polish village in 1944, where civilians were wiped out in retaliation for the partisan slaying of the SS major who led the legion, according to The AP.
He reportedly hid his military service from American authorities when entering the country.
Polish prosecutor Robert Janicki reportedly told AP that he is certain that this Michael Karkoc is the same person who fought on the wrong side in World War II.
“All the pieces of evidence interwoven together allow us to say the person who lives in the U.S. is Michael K., who commanded the Ukrainian Self Defense Legion which carried out the pacification of Polish villages in the Lublin region,” Janicki said.
Efraim Zuroff, the head Nazi hunter for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told The Associated Press that it was encouraging to see legal action being taken against a suspect regardless of his age.
“Any legal step that’s taken against these people is very important,” he said. “It sends a very powerful message, and these kinds of things should not be abandoned just because of the age of a suspect.”
Justice doesn’t care how old you are.
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