Poles seek trial of ‘SS killer’

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

POLAND IS seek­ing the ex­tra­di­tion of a Min­nesota man ac­cused of be­ing a Nazi SS lieu­tenant re­spon­si­ble for the killing of 44 Poles.

Michael Karkoc, 98, al­legedly or­dered the mur­der of civil­ians in the Pol­ish vil­lages of Ch­laniow and Wla­dys­lawin in July 1944 while head­ing a unit in the SS-led Ukrainian Self De­fence Le­gion.

Prose­cu­tor Robert Jan­icki said there was con­clu­sive ev­i­dence to prove Mr Karkoc, who now lives in Amer­ica, or­dered the mas­sacre.

He said the ev­i­dence had been col­lected from years of in­ves­ti­ga­tions and con­firmed Mr Karkoc’s iden­tity “100 per cent”.

Pros­e­cu­tors have ap­plied to a re­gional court in Lublin to is­sue a war­rant for his ar­rest.

If granted, Poland will seek the ex­tra­di­tion of Mr Karkoc to face trial.


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