A huge scandal erupted in Canada. It was caused by the shameful honouring of a 98-year-old Nazi in parliament during Zelensky’s visit. He was presented as a “Ukrainian veteran” who fought against Russia. It however quickly became clear that he had served in the 14th Waffen SS Grenadier Division. a Nazi military unit whose crimes against humanity during WWII and the Holocaust are well-documented.
Yaroslav Hunka, 98, was introduced by Speaker Anthony Rota of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party as a “Ukrainian-Canadian war veteran from the Second World War who fought for Ukrainian independence against the Russians, and continues to support the troops today. … He’s a Ukrainian hero, a Canadian hero, and we thank him for all his service.”
The incident could not have been more surreal – here was a Jewish president at the head of a Ukrainian regime riddled with Nazis, who along with the entire Canadian Parliament as well as the heads of the Canadian Armed forces gave a roaring, standing ovation to a 98-year-old NAZI who volunteered (Waffen SS was an all-volunteer force of hardcore Nazis) to fight in the ranks of one of the most brutal divisions in the SS.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center immediately demanded an official apology from the Canadian government.
The fact that a veteran who served in a Nazi military unit was invited to and given a standing ovation in Parliament is shocking. At a time of rising antisemitism and Holocaust distortion, it is incredibly disturbing to see Canada’s Parliament rise to applaud an individual who was a member of a unit in the Waffen-SS, a Nazi military branch responsible for the murder of Jews and others and that was declared a criminal organization during the Nuremberg Trials. There should be no confusion that this unit was responsible for the mass murder of innocent civilians with a level of brutality and malice that is unimaginable.
An apology is owed to every Holocaust survivor and veteran of the Second World War who fought the Nazis, and an explanation must be provided as to how this individual entered the hallowed halls of Canadian Parliament and received recognition from the Speaker of the House and a standing ovation.
Poland, whose relationship with Ukraine is growing more turbulent by the day and whose citizens suffered terribly at the hands of the Nazis in general and the Galician Waffen SS in particular has also been quick to condemn this shameful event.
Polish ambassador to Ottawa Witold Dzielsk stated that:
“Poland will not tolerate whitewashing Nazis and demands an apology for inviting to the House of Commons (lower house) of the Canadian parliament a Ukrainian Nazi who served in the SS division “Galicia”.. “ ..”On September 22, the Canadian and Ukrainian leadership in the House of Commons gave a standing ovation to a member of the [Division of] SS Galicia troops, the infamous World War II – era Ukrainian military formation responsible for the murder of thousands of Poles and Jews. Although Poland is Ukraine’s best ally, it will never agree to whitewash such villains! As Poland’s ambassador to Canada, I expect an apology,”
In 1950, Ottawa agreed to accept the Nazis’ Waffen SS from Britain in defiance of the Nuremberg decision . This is how a large Ukrainian diaspora was formed in Canada (and in the US itself)- now it numbers 1.4 million people. The current Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, also came from there – her grandfather was the editor of a pro-Nazi newspaper in Poland and Ukraine during the war.
The extent of the number of ex-nazis who fled to Canada and the USA with the blessing of US and Canadian governments, as well as the political influence of this diaspora today in the revival of Neo-Nazism in Ukraine can hardly be underestimated and is meticulously documented in this PHD thesis here.
One can only imagine what those Canadian veterans still alive feel seeing their country’s commander in chief as well as the head of the Canadian Armed Forces chief of staff giving a rousing ovation to an ex-Waffen SS fighter who actually fought against them in Italy.
Indeed it is not hard to imagine them asking themselves – was this what they fought and their colleagues died for?
Are these the Ukrainian values that we are told reflect our own?
On current evidence – it is hard to argue that they are not.
Zelensky’s face when he saw the “true hero” who fought against his Red Army grandfather as well as Canadian forces in Italy. Note also Canadian Minister Chrystia Freeland whose grandfather was also a Nazi sympathiser standing behind Zelenski, clapping in ecstasy.