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Canada Apologizes For Lauding Another Soldier Who Fought In Nazi Unit

Peter Savaryn even received the Order of Canada, the country’s second-highest honor.

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Peter Savaryn. (Photo: Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine)

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A week after Anthony Rota, the speaker of Canada’s House of Commons, resigned over Parliament’s honoring a Ukrainian man who fought in a voluntary Nazi unit, another highly decorated member of the Waffen-SS Galicia Division has come to light.

Peter Savaryn, whose history was recently brought to public attention, served as the chancellor of the University of Alberta, a prominent public school in Edmonton, from 1982 to 1986. Following his tenure, in 1987, he received the Order of Canada—a prestigious honor also bestowed upon notable figures such as ice-hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, film director James Cameron, and folk singer Joni Mitchell. Often described as akin to the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, this award signifies a significant recognition of an individual’s contributions.

The revelation about Peter Savaryn’s past affiliations and awards has sent shockwaves through Canadian society, raising questions about the recognition of individuals with controversial backgrounds. This development comes at a time when Canada is grappling with its historical connections to groups and individuals associated with Nazi activities.

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In response to the discovery, Mary Simon, the governor general of Canada—the representative of King Charles III to the country—expressed deep regret for Peter Savaryn’s receipt of the Order of Canada. She acknowledged that some of the honors bestowed upon him are currently under review, reflecting the government’s commitment to addressing concerns related to individuals with problematic pasts receiving significant awards and recognitions.

This revelation has spurred a broader conversation in Canada about the need for a more thorough examination of the backgrounds of individuals who have been honored with prestigious awards and titles. It underscores the importance of acknowledging and addressing historical connections to Nazi-affiliated groups, even decades after the fact, as part of a broader effort to promote transparency, inclusivity, and a clear moral compass in society.

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As Canada confronts its historical ties to individuals with controversial pasts, there is a growing call for institutions and authorities to conduct comprehensive reviews of the backgrounds of those who have received high honors and awards. This scrutiny aims to ensure that individuals who have engaged in activities contrary to the values of a just and inclusive society are not celebrated or rewarded.

The case of Peter Savaryn serves as a reminder that the actions and affiliations of individuals, no matter how distinguished they may appear on the surface, should be thoroughly examined and evaluated to uphold the principles of justice, morality, and historical accountability.

Moving forward, Canadians hope that these revelations will lead to a more vigilant and rigorous approach to recognizing and honoring individuals, with an unwavering commitment to ensuring that such honors reflect the values of a just and inclusive society. This moment of reflection also underscores the importance of learning from the past to shape a better future.

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