Maikovskis Boļeslavs

Publié le par Roger Cousin

Maikovskis BoļeslavsBoļeslavs Maikovskis (21 January 1904 – 19 April 1996) was a Latvian Nazi collaborator who served as chief of police for the second precinct of Rēzekne while the Germans occupied Latvia in World War II. After the war Maikovskis went to Austria. Maikovskis lied on his US visa application where the question of “… had he been complicit in the persecutions of others during World War II…” That question was removed from the application the year after Maikovskis emigrated to the United States.

Maikovskis lived in Mineola, New York, for 36 years, where he was active in Latvian organizations, and worked as a carpenter until his retirement. In 1965, Maikovskis was wanted for trial, and was tried and sentenced to death in absentia, in his former Latvia (by the then Soviet Union). His crimes were detailed in a late 1970s 60 Minutes Sunday show. Maikovskis was previously featured in the book "Wanted: The Search for Nazis in America" by Howard Blum (1977 & 1989). The original publisher -- Fawcett Books was a CBS News affiliate.

Maikovskis fled from the US in 1987 after his deportation to the Soviet Union became a certainty. He settled in West Germany after secretly convincing a diplomatic official to grant him a visa. Maikovskis was tried under the German court system in 1988, but by 1994 was deemed too frail to continue with the trial. He died in Münster in 1996.

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