MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Steve Hunegs is the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.
He is shocked by Friday’s news.
“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.’
Hunegs says he believes Karkov should be held accountable for his alleged crimes.
“As the principle 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.”
Hunegs says it’s difficult for those holocaust survivors still living in the area.