SS officers patrolling in 1939

SS officers patrolling in 1939

A former Ukrainian soldier who came to England and lived in Archway until his death in 2013 has been accused of being a Nazi collaborator after a local historian said his unit had been involved in massacres after being led by SS troops.

Dr Stephen Ankier, a local historian, believes he has identified Serhij Woronyj, who died 18 months ago aged 89, as a war criminal, because he served in a notorious battalion known as the Ukrainian Self Defence Legion.

“The battalion that Woronyj belonged to was originally formed late in 1943 to help the Germans fight Soviets and Polish partisans,” Ankier said. “However, it was not long before this SS-led unit was involved in committing executions and atrocities against Jews and Poles.

Woronyj was captured by British forces in 1945 and imprisoned in the Italian city of Rimini before being transferred to the UK in 1947.