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Continued: Michael Karkoc's World War II story stuns Minneapolis, launches global inquiries

  • Article by: RICHARD MERYHEW , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 16, 2013 - 1:20 PM

Still, given the brutal legacy of the Nazi regime, people around the world remain committed to holding it and its collaborators accountable.

“It’s hard to imagine horrors worse than that,” said Gordon, the former DOJ prosecutor. “It doesn’t matter how much time passes, they are just as bad, and they should be brought to justice.”

Richard Meryhew • 612-673-4425

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  • Nadia and Michael Karkoc, wife and husband, taken in 1982, from a publication called “Survivors. Political Refugees in the Twin Cities.”

  • News crews outside Karkoc’s home in June.

  • When Michael Karkoc deserted from the German army, the Nazis retaliated by killing 12 people in his Ukrainian village. In 2002, his family said he paid for this memorial to them in Ukraine. His brother Peter is next to it.

  • Ronald Reagan is popular in Karkoc's home because of his strong anti-communist position.

  • In Michael's office hang the Declaration of Ukrainian Independence, left, a bust of famous Unrainian poet Taras Shevchenko and a U.S. flag.

  • Andrij Karkoc, who defends his father against charges that he was a war criminal and committed atrocities working with the Nazi SS, pointed out items in his parents’ home to show his father’s strong Ukrainian and U.S. ties.

  • memories of a homeland: In Michael Karkoc’s office hang the Declaration of Ukrainian Independence, left, a bust of famous Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko and a U.S. flag. In the middle is a charcoal drawing of Ukrainian statesman Symon Petliura in his office. Ronald Reagan is popular in Karkoc’s home because of his strong anti-Communist credentials.

  • Michael Karkoc, right, pictured with his brother Peter, left, in an undated photo.

  • Michael Karkoc and wife, Nadia, in 1982.

  • Gordon Gnasdoskey, a longtime next-door neighbor of Michael Karkoc, would like to learn the truth about his neighbor’s past. But he also understands. “If it is true, and the atrocities and all that happened, who would tell anybody?”

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