|Destruction: Karkoc's division is also said to have taken part in quashing the|
Warsaw Uprising, which saw resistance groups crushed. Pictured: Civilians
being taken from a Warsaw ghetto
Robert Janicki said that years of investigation into US citizen 'Michael K' confirmed '100 percent' that he was in charge of an SS unit accused of burning villages and killing civilians during the Second World War.
Michael K has been identified as Michael Karkoc, 98, whose family deny he was involved in war crimes. He may now face extradition.
Prosecutors of the state-run Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw, which investigates and prosecutes German and Soviet crimes on Poles during and after World War II, have asked a local court in Poland to issue an arrest warrant for Karkoc.
If granted, Poland would seek his extradition, Janicki said.
Documents show that a Michael Karkoc, born March 6, 1919 in Lutsk, Ukraine, was the commander of a unit in the Ukranian Self Defense Legion (USDL), which operated in collaboration with the German army.
The unit of which he was lieutenant allegedly participated in massacres at the Polish villages of Chlaniow and Wladyslawin on July 23, 1944.
The massacres - which saw women and children murdered - were allegedly ordered in retaliation for the killing of the USDL's commander, Siegfried Assmuss. (more...)
Poland seeks arrest of Nazi unit’s suspected commander — now 98 — living out his final days in Minnesota