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Minneapolis man exposed as commander of Nazi-led unit dies


January 22, 2020

Richard Sennott – Richard Sennott, Star Tribune

Michael Karkoc in his Minneapolis yard in 2014.

For decades, Michael Karkoc was a pillar of the Ukrainian community in northeast Minneapolis, a beloved neighbor and a leader of the local church, lending his carpentry skills to countless projects at St. Michael's and St. George's, a Ukrainian Orthodox congregation.

But his quiet retirement was shattered in 2013, when the Associated Press reported that he led a Ukrainian detachment serving under Nazi command in World War II that was accused of committing atrocities, a charge his family vehemently denied even as German and Polish prosecutors prepared cases against him.


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