A harmless 98-year-old man from Minnesota has been arrested after it was revealed that he was responsible for killing nearly 44 Polish individuals during the Second World War.
The actions of Michael Karkoc, a former Nazi, led to the death of 44 Poles.
According to reports, while serving as an SS major, Karkoc lead an attack on a Polish village in 1944, where the majority of civilians were wiped out.
Authorities discovered that he repeatedly lied about his military service to immigrant officials and American authorities.
However, Polish prosecutor Robert Janicki told the AP that he knew Karkoc was a former Nazi who committed war crimes.
“All the pieces of evidence interwoven together allow us to say the person who lives in the U.S. is Michael K., who commanded the Ukrainian Self Defense Legion which carried out the pacification of Polish villages in the Lublin region,” Janicki said.
Efraim Zuroff, the head Nazi hunter for the Simon Wisenthal Center, told the AP that he was happy to see legal action being taken against the individual, regardless of his age.
“Any legal step that’s taken against these people is very important,” he said. “It sends a very powerful message, and these kinds of things should not be abandoned just because of the age of a suspect.”
The law doesn’t seem to care about your age.