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Friday, June 14, 2013

Commander of Nazi-led unit lied to U.S. immigration

This June 3, 1944 photo provided by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shows Heinrich Himmler, center, SS Reichsfuehrer-SS, head of the Gestapo and the Waffen-SS, and Minister of the Interior of Nazi Germany from 1943 to 1945, as he reviews troops of the Galician SS-Volunteer Infantry Division. Michael Karkoc, a commander whose Nazi SS-led unit is blamed for burning villages filled with women and children, lied to American immigration officials to get into the United States, according to evidence uncovered by The Associated Press. Michael Karkoc became a member of the Galician division after the Ukrainian Self Defense Legion was incorporated into it near the end of the war.