The Canadian Parliament was the scene of a scandal as a genocide was proven. Legislators paid tribute to a World War II veteran who actually fought alongside the Nazi army when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited.
In fact It prompted public complaints from human rights organizations and the Jewish communityAnd the government and the organizer of the event and the Speaker of the House of Representatives went so far as to apologize.
“I offer my sincere apologies to the Jewish communities in Canada and around the world,” said Anthony Rota, president of the Chamber of Deputies.
Applause for a Nazi
A tribute was held Last Friday in the presence of Zelensky in the parliamentEncouraged by many legislators who wanted to strongly reject the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
An ex-serviceman was invited to the session Yaroslav Hunka, as a “Ukrainian and Canadian soldier” of WWII. For a 98-year-old man sitting in the Legislative Palace complex, He was thanked for “all his services”. Zelensky himself greeted him with a raised fist.. The problem is that no one there knows about his past.
That will change He was a fighter in the 14th Waffen SS Grenadier DivisionA unit called Galitzia, which was part of the Schutzstaffel, was intended to fight against the Soviet Union: it was composed mainly of Ukrainian volunteers and killed thousands of Polish civilians while recruiting Slavs into the ranks of the Third Reich.
Revealed by Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC), said in a statement that it was “deeply disturbed by the recognition by the Canadian Parliament of a Ukrainian veteran who served in a Nazi military unit during World War II.”
The Society for the Defense of Human Rights condemned the Honorable as having “committed crimes against humanity during the Holocaust, which are well documented”.. While apologizing to Ottawa, they said he was “responsible for the slaughter of innocent civilians with unimaginable cruelty and malice.”
Canadian Government Position
hours later, Anthony Rota, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Admitting that he didn’t know about Hanka’s past, he apologized.. “I want to make it clear that no one, including my parliamentary colleagues and Ukrainian representatives, knew my thoughts or my views before I made them,” he said, backing off his tribute.
President’s Government Justin Trudeau immediately came out. “Neither the Prime Minister’s Office nor the Ukrainian delegation was informed in advance of the invitation or authorization,” their spokesmen said in a statement.
then, Human rights organization B’nai Brith Canada described the incident as “beyond the miracle”. The respected Nazi-owned body was created by Ukrainian “ultranationalist ideologues” who “dreamed of an ethnically homogenous Ukrainian state and supported Nazi ethnic cleansing.”
He Center for Israel and Jewish AffairsRepresenting the Jewish Federations of Canada, the country’s Jewish community said it “firmly supports Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression,” but clarified that. “We cannot remain silent while the crimes committed by Ukrainians during the Holocaust are whitewashed.”.
Not only was Hanka invited by Rota to attend Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s speech at the Canadian Parliament on Friday, he publicly paid tribute to the Nazi fighter.
“In the room is a Ukrainian Canadian, a World War II veteran who fought for Ukraine’s independence against the Russians and continues to support the troops at age 98,” Rota announced Friday.
All those present, including Zelensky, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and all Canadian representatives and senators, applauded Hanka as he waved from the public area.
Meanwhile, Russian officials this Monday criticized the “scandalous” presence in the Canadian parliament of a Ukrainian who fought with the Nazis in World War II. Russia has justified its invasion of Ukraine.
Following Rota’s apology, one of the opposition groups, the Social Democratic New Democratic Party (NPD), demanded his resignation as speaker of the lower house.
Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the Russian President, Qualified This Monday Canada’s “careless approach to the memory” of Nazi crimes is “cerebral”. “These crimes have no expiration date or prescription. Ignoring this kind of memory is outrageous,” Peskov declared.
According to a Russian spokesman, it has grown in the West A generation that has forgotten its lessons World War II, that’s why there is a danger of re-emergence of fascism in the world. “They don’t know anything about the threat of fascism. It may cause fascism to appear here or there. Now we practically see it trying to gain a foothold in Ukraine, the center of Europe. This is what we are fighting against,” he said.
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