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Confronting Canada’s Nazi Problem

The recent controversy in Canada's Parliament has shed light on a long-standing issue with Nazi sympathizers in the country.

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Canadian Parliament gives WWII Nazi standing ovation. (Photo: YouTube)

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The recent resignation of the Speaker of Canada’s House of Commons has brought an alarming issue to the forefront: Canada has a Nazi problem, and it’s far more pervasive than many Canadians may have realized.

The controversy arose when, during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s address to the Canadian Parliament, a 98-year-old Ukrainian man, Yaroslav Hunka, was honored and received a standing ovation. What shocked many was the revelation that Hunka had fought for the Waffen-SS Galicia Division, a Nazi unit.

This incident exposed a deeply troubling issue. Canada, like many other countries, became a safe haven for Nazis who fled Europe after World War II. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Mackenzie King, the country adopted a stance that can only be described as “none is too many,” effectively turning away Jewish refugees, even after the horrors of the Holocaust.

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The reality is that not all Nazis were German, and not all antisemites were card-carrying members of the Nazi Party. Ukraine has a dark history of virulent antisemitism, which has been deeply intertwined with its national narrative. This dark history must be acknowledged and studied.

In light of the standing ovation given to Hunka, it is imperative that every member of Canada’s Parliament understands the historical details of events like Babi Yar. This infamous massacre occurred in a ravine in Kiev during World War II, where nearly 34,000 Jews were brutally shot and killed by a combination of German and Ukrainian forces in just two days. It remains one of the deadliest single acts of mass murder by gunshot in history.

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The legendary Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal once declared that he would never set foot in Canada due to the country’s reluctance to prosecute and extradite Nazi war criminals who had found refuge there. Decades later, the specter of Nazi sympathizers still looms in Canada.

Today, Ukraine also grapples with a resurgence of far-right nationalism and Nazi sympathizers. President Zelenskyy has faced criticism for legitimizing such elements in his parliament and armed forces. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears committed to a policy of supporting Ukraine, sending arms and financial aid under the influence of global agendas.

The inconvenient truth is that Russia has been gaining the upper hand in the ongoing conflict, and it is unlikely to lose. Yet, Canadians continue to suffer from the consequences of Trudeau’s alignment with external interests.

Canada’s parliament applauds Yaroslav Hunka, a former member of the Waffen SS. (Photo: Screenshot) 

To address this problem head-on, it is imperative that the Ukrainian Nazi honored in Parliament be extradited and brought to justice, preferably by a country like Israel or Poland that can hold him accountable for his actions. This would send a powerful message to the remaining Nazi sympathizers in Canada that their past atrocities will not go unpunished.

Furthermore, it is time to address the presence of statues in Canada that depict Ukrainian Nazis as heroes. In a time when statues of historical figures are being scrutinized and removed for their associations with negative aspects of history, these statues of real Nazis must not stand any longer. It is time to tear them down and collectively denounce the glorification of Nazi collaborators in Canada.

Canada must confront its Nazi problem and ensure that history’s lessons are not forgotten or ignored. Only by acknowledging the past can we hope to build a more inclusive and just future.

I am a retired software developer, father of 3 wonderful children, husband, artist, dog lover (I have 3), secular Jew, fly fisherman, writer, son of Holocaust survivors and an activist for Jews and Israel. I am an anomaly as I understand all sects of Judaism and in particular fight for Haredi rights just as much as secular rights, I see both sides.

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