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Annual Nazi hunting report downgrades US for not prosecuting Minnesota man, credits Germany

FILE - This file photo of Michael Karkoc was part of his application for German citizenship filed with the Nazi SS-run immigration office on Feb. 14, 1940. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, the world's predominant Nazi-hunting group, took the United States to task over its failure to prosecute Karkoc, a member of a notorious Nazi unit who lived quietly in Minnesota for decades, in its annual report released Monday, April 13, 2015. The center lowered its ranking of the U.S.'s Nazi-hunting efforts from A to B. It was the first time the U.S. has been ranked so low. (AP Photo/U.S. National Archives, File)

FILE - This file photo of Michael Karkoc was part of his application for German citizenship filed with the Nazi SS-run immigration office on Feb. 14, 1940. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, the world's predominant Nazi-hunting group, took the United States to task over its failure to prosecute Karkoc, a member of a notorious Nazi unit who lived quietly in Minnesota for decades, in its annual report released Monday, April 13, 2015. The center lowered its ranking of the U.S.'s Nazi-hunting efforts from A to B. It was the first time the U.S. has been ranked so low. (AP Photo/U.S. National Archives, File)  (The Associated Press)

The world's predominant Nazi-hunting group is taking the United States to task over its failure to prosecute a member of a notorious Nazi killing unit who lived quietly in Minnesota for decades.

In its annual report, the Simon Wiesenthal Center said Monday that it had lowered its ranking of the U.S.'s Nazi-hunting efforts from A to B. It was the first time the U.S. has been ranked so low.

Efraim Zuroff, director of the center's Israel office, said the ranking was in part because the U.S. took no action against Michael Karkoc. An Associated Press investigation exposed the retired carpenter as a commander in an SS-led Ukrainian unit.

This year's report praised Germany for loosening criteria to make it easier to prosecute former Nazis.