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The Trudeau Government’s Fake Fight Against Antisemitism – Part 27

The story of the intake of Nazis and Ukrainian SS henchmen as immigrants did not end there

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Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland’s posted this photo to her Twitter account showing her posing with a red-and-black scarf  associated with the radical Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), a Banderist offshoot that massacred thousands of Jews and Poles during the Second World War. (Photo: canadiandimension.com)

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Antisemitic allegations, actions and undercurrents in the House of Commons and beyond (3) – Chrystia Freeland

1. In 2019, Canada honoured two Ukrainian organisations that helped the Nazis upon their invasion of Ukraine, to round up and execute Jews; while one of these organisations killed an estimated 100,000 Polish civilians starting in 1943.

More specifically, the occasion was the unveiling of a new memorial in the Ukrainian town of Samir to honour both organisations and more specifically the 17 members of one of these organisations whom the Ukrainians allege were killed by the Nazi members of the two organisations.

The memorial is located on the edge of a cemetery where more than 1200 Jews, murdered by the Nazis and their Ukrainian collaborators are buried. The unveiling of the memorial was attended by the Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine accompanied by military personnel from the Canadian Armed Forces. In his speech for the occasion, the Ambassador accepted the Ukrainian version of the events concerning the alleged killing of the members of the two organisations. 

Why on earth would Canada honour these two odious organisations and their members who participated in the perpetration of the Holocaust in tandem with the German SS?

The  disingenuous explanation provided by the Department of Global Affair to justify Canada’ participation was: The government did this  in order to help the Ukrainian Jewish community get the permission to build on site a Holocaust memorial for the Jewish victims buried at the adjoining the cemetery.  

In other words, the quid pro quo for helping the Ukrainian Jews to build a Holocaust memorial at the site near the cemetery where Jews had been murdered by Ukrainian Nazis is to build a monument to honour the murderers and their respective organisations right next to the cemetery.

Yet, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and more importantly, the Ukrainian Jewish Committee called the monument a desecration and a “double murder of the Jewish victims” and pointed out that “All Jews of Sambir were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators from the two organisations.”

2. After World War II, over the years, several memorials were erected for officers and soldiers of the Ukrainian Waffen-SS Division, an actual unit of the SS. 

Lev Golinkin in his well-researched article on the historical trajectory of this matter asserts that these memorials were built by the Nazi collaborators whom Canada took in. “Canada’s Nazi Monuments”, The Nation, July 21, 2020: see also: Jeremy Appel, Canada’s Future Prime Minister Needs to Come Clean about her Nazi Collaborationist Grandfather, Tablet Magazine, May 12, 2022. 

Among other things, the article points out that Edmonton where Freeland resides has two monuments commemorating Ukrainian Nazi collaborators.

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John-Paul Himka, a professor at the University of Alberta and an uncle of Chrystia Freeland, researched the Ukrainian participation in the Holocaust. Speaking to the National Post, he is reported to have declared: “It is time that someone pays attention. […] the fact is that the Ukrainian government and the [ Ukrainian] diaspora have honoured the participants to the Holocaust and war criminals for a long time” (Writer’s translation from French) Normand Lester, Ottawa a donné refuge a des milliers de criminels de guerre Nazis, Le Journal de Montréal, Perspective Le Poigne de Mire, July 24 2019 and June 12, 2022

In the meantime, the Halton Regional Police investigated a case where someone painted “Nazi war monument´ on a stone cenotaph to Ukrainians who fought in Adolph Hitler’s SS located at the St. Volodymyr Ukrainian cemetery in Oakville, ON. David Pugliese, Graffiti on monument commemorating Nazi SS division being investigated as hate crime by police, July 17,2020; Adam Carter, Police apologize for saying anti-Nazi vandalism was “hate motivated”  CBC, July 17,2020..

3. In February or March of 2022, Ms. Freeland “posted – and then deleted – a photo of herself at a Ukrainian rally in Toronto holding a black and red flag representative of a militant Neo-Nazi movement in Ukraine. The banner represents the Bandera movement. Bandera was a literal Nazi who helped carry out Hitler’s holocaust in Ukraine by murdering over 100,000 Jews and Poles.” National Post whitewashes a Nazi slogan to defend Chrystia Freeland, TrueNorthCentre, True North https://tnc.news/ March 3, 2022

To date, the Prime Minister and his Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, following on the footsteps their predecessor governments have said or done or refused to do anything about this disgraceful state of affairs.

Far-left Montreal radicals described Sir John A. Macdonald as a “white supremacist” for the treatment of Indigenous peoples and stablishing residential schools, and destroyed his statue. No charges were laid. Statues of Nazis remain upright in Canada, however. (Screencap: CBC YouTube)

The irony

The irony of this matter is that a mob of aboriginal rights activists in Montreal smashed a statue of former Prime Minister John A. MacDonald because of his malfeasance in the treatment of aboriginal peoples. Recently, the City of Montreal decided not to replace the statue. 

The fact of the matter remains that MacDonald as the prime mover of and one of the fathers of Confederation and Canada’s first Prime Minister did many positive constructive things for Canada and Canadians. 

To the extent he inexcusably failed to attend properly to the needs of some First Nations, this does not justify the destruction of his statue. This could have been readily remedied by stating this failure on the plaque of the monument. So, while his statue is gone, those of Ukrainian Nazis responsible for killing of innocent Jews, remain standing. 

At the end of the day, what is one to make of this Minister’s behaviour?

If she is not an antisemite, she certainly has shown a great deal more sympathy, not to say more, for Ukrainian Nazi war criminals than for their Jewish victims. 

Doğan D. Akman is an independent researcher and commentator. He holds a B.Sc. in sociology, an M.A. in sociology/criminology and an LL.B in law. He held academic appointments in sociology, criminology and social policy; served as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, and occupied the positions of Crown Counsel in criminal prosecutions and in civil litigation at the Federal Department of Justice. His academic work is published in peer-reviewed professional journals, while his opinion pieces and other writings are to be found in various publications and in blogs. 

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