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Was a Minnesota man a WW2 Nazi?

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 The family of a Minnesota man fights back after he was accused of being a Nazi war criminal.

 His family says the Associated Press is wrong about him.

 Is he or isn't he?

 The allegation that 94-year-old Michael Karkoc hid his Nazi past for nearly 70 years has shocked this Minneapolis suburb.

 The allegation begins with Mr. Karkoc's own memoir, published in Ukraine in 1995.

 Karkoc admits he helped found the Ukrainian Self Defense Legion, an offshoot of Hitler's brutal Nazi SS division.

 His son insists his father is innocent. "The Associated Press intentionally and maliciously defamed our father, Michael Karkoc."

 The Associated Press alleges Mr. Karkoc lied about his military service when he entered the U-S in 1949, was in charge of the Nazi-directed division when it nearly wiped out the population of the polish town of Chlaniow and the unit may have taken part in the ruthless suppression of Warsaw toward the end of the war. Even the Associated Press admits there is no evidence Mr. Karkoc was directly involved in any of it. "To quote AP, records do not show that Karkoc had a direct hand in war crimes. End quote. My father was never a Nazi."

 Still, the AP says it sticks by its reporting, and the U.S. Department of Justice will only say it looks into all credible allegations of Nazi war crimes.

 If this one is found to be credible, trying Mr. Karkoc in court could be a long process.

 If these charges move forward, Mr. Karkoc would have to be de-naturalized, deported and then tried in either Germany or Poland.

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