They weren’t a military division. They have been truly a felony group.
That was what the Nuremberg Trials known as the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS: Criminals, not troopers, who discovered themself within the highlight on Parliament Hill on Friday when former 14th Waffen member Yaroslav Hunka was invited to the Home of Commons by Speaker Anthony Rota and acquired a standing ovation as “a Ukrainian and a Canadian hero” who fought for “Ukrainian independence in opposition to the Russians.”
After all, there’s way more to the SS division’s sordid previous than that. The 14th Waffen Grenadier Division murdered many, many Jews and Polish civilians. For this, they have been applauded by Heinrich Himmler, who was the chief of the Nazi Occasion and the architect of the Holocaust.
In a speech, Himmler mentioned of the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division: “Your homeland has turn out to be a lot extra stunning since you will have misplaced — on our initiative, I need to say — these residents who have been so usually a unclean blemish on Galicia’s good title, particularly the Jews … I do know that if I ordered you to liquidate the Poles … I’d be supplying you with permission to do what you’re desperate to do anyway.”
Which they have been. Which they did. For his or her homeland, which was Ukraine.
One such atrocity happened on the Polish village of Huta Pieniacka. In line with those that have been there, civilians have been locked in barns, which have been then set on fireplace. Those that tried to flee have been killed.
On one other event within the spring of 1944, 2,000 girls and youngsters had sought refuge in a monastery within the Polish village of Pidkamin, which is now a part of Ukraine. The SS Grenadiers captured it and murdered a whole bunch.
Canada’s Deschenes Fee later concluded that it was unfair to name everybody within the 14th Division a struggle felony. However the truth is that the fee by no means travelled to Europe to interview its victims.
The Nuremberg prosecutors who did discovered that the Grenadiers have been led by males who had participated within the mass homicide of Jews and civilians. And have been certainly homicidal maniacs.
As Esprit de Corps journal concluded: “Over the a long time, as Holocaust historians publish extra particulars concerning the atrocities of those that served within the SS Galicia Division, it has turn out to be clear to critics that the Deschenes fee was merely a whitewash of a army unit that subscribed to and served the ideology of Adolf Hitler and SS chief Heinrich Himmler.”
And one in all them — one of many Nazis — was praised within the Home of Commons this week. Our Church of Authorities defiled by the presence of a person who subscribed to the ideology of homicide, Naziism.
The truth that he was there was dangerous sufficient. However this author had a unique query: What the hell was he doing in Canada within the first place?
The reply: He got here right here with 2,000 different Nazis. And the Canadian authorities welcomed them with open arms, too.
Flight Lt. Bohdan Panchuk was their sponsor. Writes historian and Postmedia journalist David Pugliese: “Panchuk was in a position to get members of the 14th Waffen SS Division Galicia into Canada by mendacity about their previous.
Members of the unit had surrendered to Allied forces and have been being held in a camp in Italy. In an try to cover the SS connection, the unit had modified its title in the previous few days of the struggle to the First Division Ukrainian Nationwide Military. ”
To get them into Canada, Panchuk depicted them as anti-Soviet fighters. If Canadian officers had bothered to probe deeper, they might’ve discovered the reality. In actual fact, a lot of the males had SS tattoos underneath their left arms.
Ukrainians who lived in Canada knew who they have been. They raised the alarm. However no one listened to them. The two,000 Nazis thereafter began to reach all through the Nineteen Fifties and set to work whitewashing their previous.
Which brings us to now. And the primary query.
The primary query isn’t how this Nazi got here to be within the Home of Commons. By now, everyone knows he was invited there by the moron who’s the Speaker of the Home of Commons, who the Liberals and Conservatives refused to fireplace.
No, the extra essential query is that this: How did this Nazi get to Canada within the first place — and why is he nonetheless right here?