Northeast Nazi's military unit allegedly tried to murder kids, survivor says

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Michael Karkoc allegedly served as a Nazi commander before moving to Minneapolis in 1949.
Michael Karkoc, the 94-year-old alleged ex-Nazi military commander living in northeast Minneapolis, is now under investigation by German authorities for the role he may have played in civilian massacres.

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An AP report published earlier this month outed Karkoc "as an officer and founding member of the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion and later as an officer in the SS Galician Division." In a followup, the AP's Monika Scislowska tracked down Poles who were just children when Karkoc's Self Defense Legion allegedly tried to murder them and/or their families.

One survivor, Henryka Jablonska, was just six when the Self Defense Legion killed 44 of her fellow Chlaniow residents in July 1944. The massacre was revenge for the killing of a German commander by resistance fighters.

According to Jablonska, a Nazi solider aimed a machine gun at her and pulled the trigger, but the gun didn't fire. She and her mother were able to flee, but when they returned to the scene hours later, they found her dad dead in a cornfield with a gaping head wound.

"It was something so absolutely terrible," Jablonska told the AP.

Another now-87-year-old survivor of the Chlaniow massacre, Stanislaw Banach, said his father told him and his brother to run into the woods when he saw Nazis setting neighboring farmhouses ablaze. They hid only to later find their father dead with a slit throat.

It's unclear what role, if any, Karkoc played in the Chlaniow massacre, but documents unearthed by the AP indicate his unit was at least there at the time.

Despite the investigation now being undertaken by Germany authorities, Jablonska isn't optimistic Karkoc will ever be brought to justice.

"What good is it now?" she said, according to the AP. "He is 94 and has spent so many years in peace and surrounded by his family."

"He is old and they will most surely say that he is too weak to stand trial," Banach added.

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28 comments
swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

The power of trolling is awesome indeed.

It is worthy of a conversation, how to deal with a case like this.  This old man was absolutely in a horrible situation a very long time ago.  I don't know exactly what his situation was; nobody does except him, and he's probably rationalized a lot of things over the past 70 or so years.

On the other hand, we as a species have decided there's no statute of limitations on murder, and the murders the Nazis and their sympathizers committed across Europe must never be forgotten nor forgiven, lest they become acceptable in people's eyes and possibly happen again.

So it would be worthwhile to have a conversation about mercy, and guilt, and humanity, and what is indeed the high road and how should we take it.

Or we can throw out trolling distractions about skateparks and moral relativism and which team is better or worse than some other team, and pretend we don't understand right and wrong when it confronts us.

yousuk
yousuk

Holy fuck keep on topic damn!

Sheepy T. Sheep
Sheepy T. Sheep

Yes, Mark, glad to read that you know you are insensitive.

Sheepy T. Sheep
Sheepy T. Sheep

So Mark, when Bin Laden was still at large, you had no interest in him being caught?

Mark Murlowski
Mark Murlowski

Maybe im being a little insensitive but i just believe we should focus our energy on REAL ISSUES! SO MUCH TO DO, and these distractions dont help! LET GOD DEAL WITH THIS GUY!

yoopie93
yoopie93

@Mark Murlowski 

You clearly need another hobby instead of trolling websites.  MIght I suggest russian roulette?

This Nazi scumbag is going to die, which is as it should be.  Genocide has its price.

Mark Murlowski
Mark Murlowski

The war has been over for over half a century! Grow up!

Mark Murlowski
Mark Murlowski

MARE now we are talking!! Thank you for you! These dumbasses are so distracted by stupid news like this legislation slides everyday destroying our country!

Mark Murlowski
Mark Murlowski

why do you care? What would you like done? Bigger fish to fry, EX the PRESIDENT, SOCIALISM, the sad state of our Country!

Mare Anderson
Mare Anderson

Predator Drone Strikes: 50 Civilians Are Killed For Every 1 Terrorist.

Nathan Mordal
Nathan Mordal

Thanks for following up CP. many of us still mourn the victims and survivors of this man and many others

Sheepy T. Sheep
Sheepy T. Sheep

A lot of people do care, Mark. If you don't care to know about it, stop reading.

Mark Murlowski
Mark Murlowski

Maybe write about how the city budgets push skateparks thru in order to appease rather than progress! Or how they use the same contractors to pave the parks as the streets, rather than lay concrete! Or about how churches are closing in northeast!

Onan
Onan

@swmnguy  - One has to remember that this old man was apparently one of the alleged founding members / commanders of that Waffen SS Unit. Yes, one can be thrust into a bad situation or one can lead others into a bad situation. This guy allegedly lead others into that bad situation.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Just like god, you make bin laden real. There is no evidence he ever actually existed. Keep sheepin

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You'd be a scumbag if you wanted to kill a 95 year old man who committed atrocities 75+ years ago as a brainwashed youth. Check yourself

Onan
Onan

@Mark Murlowski  - Your post is well thought out and insightful. Please, go on.

Onan
Onan

@Mare Anderson  - And this has to do with an alleged Nazi war criminal how?

yoopie93
yoopie93

@mingtran  So this is what it's come to--a brand of hyper-liberalism that goes beyond common sense stands on social issues to the illogical extreme where we start to feel sorry for Nazis.  Sigh.  He was a genocidal maniac who killed women and children!!!  What is wrong with you?

marelanderson
marelanderson

@OnanThe point is that we as Americans are killing innocents too in the name of God knows what and some of our people, military and president support that. I'm sorry if this concept evades you but it is exactly what this guy did; voluntarily kill innocents.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You are the one who doesn't want an even playing field for people of color. You are the one who only calls out his opponents for their actions, not his own ilk for the same actions. Face it, you can never win because you're just too dumb

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@yoopie93 ming is an openly racist troll always on the side of evil people like Nazis and Republicans.  He is as conservative as they come.  He is defending the Nazi out of trolling or bigotry.  

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

So does your government, yet you support them. The difference is this old man committed atrocities generations ago, while your gov does it at present.... but you don't care. What's wrong with you?

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You're worried about prosecuting a guy who will probably die in five years or less for crimes committed 70 years ago when he was a brainwashed youth, while drones kill innocent kids becaus bankers can never have enough money... Choose your battles

Onan
Onan

@marelanderson @Onan  - I'm still trying to figure out how, in your mind, the discussion of an alleged Nazi war criminal has anything to do with "American" atrocities? The "American" atrocities should have their own discussion rather than trolling up a thread about a 94 year old ex-Nazi.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@marelanderson America is exactly like the Nazis.  Remember how those Jews hijacked the Hindenburg and crashed it into Berlin?   Apples to apples right?   Doofus. 

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