Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement in response to today’s news regarding an alleged Nazi commander living in Minneapolis:
“The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) is both shocked and appalled that according to an extensive Associated Press investigative report, an alleged founding member and ‘top commander of a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children lied to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living in Minnesota since shortly after World War II.’
“As the principal Minnesota Jewish agency responsible for educating about the millions of all faiths who perished and honoring the survivors of Nazi persecution by focusing on local survivor testimony, words fail to express how outraged we are to learn this morning that an alleged former Nazi SS commander could be hiding in plain sight in a community, which is also the home of so many Holocaust survivors and their liberators in the United States armed forces.
“Because there is neither a statute of limitations on lying to immigration officials about being a Nazi war criminal or for murder, the JCRC is calling upon our colleagues in the United States Department of Justice to investigate the claims made in the Associated Press report, and if proven true, to open a civil deportation hearing so that Mr. Karkoc can finally face some measure of justice for his crimes against humanity.”
The JCRC… the public affairs voice of the Jewish community fighting anti-Semitism and prejudice, promoting tolerance and social justice, and representing Jews, individually and collectively.