Now, the Daily Beast has found Karkoc is a "lifelong Republican," who donated thousands of dollars to the Republican National Committee.
Robert Janicki, a Polish prosecutor, believes evidence collected from years of investigation confirmed Karkoc's identity as "100%." The 98-year-old allegedly led a unit in the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion in a Polish village in 1944 and killed 44 Poles, including women and children.
“He has a picture of Ronald and Nancy Reagan in his bedroom,” Andriy Karkos told the Daily Beast, adding, "Republicans oppose communists…Under FDR, the White House was penetrated by Soviet agents of influence."
Based on a review of federal campaign records, the Daily Beast found Karkoc made three separate contributions to the Republican National Committee, following the AP report, "totaling $3,850 between September 2013 and May 2014."
Karkos, a retired mortgage banker, said his father made the contributions to the Republican Party because he is a "lifelong Republican." He also thinks his father probably voted Republican in last year's election.
Karkoc’s family has repeatedly denied he committed any war crimes and that he is now suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
However, during its investigation, the AP found a Nazi German payroll sheet in Polish archives signed by an SS officer on Jan. 8, 1945, that suggested Karkoc was in fact present in Krakow, Poland, to receive his salary as a member of the Ukrainian Self Defense Legion.
Although German prosecutors believe Karkoc is not well enough to stand trial, Janicki said in March his "age would not deter investigators."
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