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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The revelation that a former commander of a Nazi SS-led military unit has been living in Minneapolis for six decades comes as a shock to longtime neighbors. It's also angering some World War II survivors and prompting prosecutors in Poland to promise an investigation.
An Associated Press investigation found that 94-year-old Michael Karkoc served as a top commander in a Ukrainian unit accused of wartime atrocities. Records don't show Karkoc had a direct hand in war crimes, though records indicate he lied about his military past to get into the U.S. in 1949.
Neighbors and members of Karkoc's church say he's friendly and likable. They had no idea of his past. But a local man who spent years working in concentration camps says he wants Karkoc put on trial.
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