A Second World War Nazi SS war criminal has received a standing ovation from Canadian parliamentarians during the visit of Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenksy.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invited Yaroslav Hunka, 98, to the Canadian Parliament where he received a standing ovation for “fighting against the Russians” during the Second World War.
Speaker of the House Anthony Rota praised Yaroslav Hunka, 98, for his service in the ‘First Division’ of the Ukrainian National Army, which served Adolf Hitler’s 14th Waffen SS Division Galicia and was later condemned during the Nuremberg trials. Hunka later emigrated to Canada like many other members of his division.
“We have with us in the Chamber today a Ukrainian-Canadian veteran from the Second World War who fought for Ukrainian Independence against the Russians and continues to support the troops today,” said Rota.
All House parties, Senate groups and foreign dignitaries gave Hunka a standing ovation for his efforts against the Russians then and now.
“He’s a Ukrainian hero — a Canadian hero — and we thank him for all his service,” concluded Rota. Watch:
7. Can that really be true?— Ezra Levant 🍁🚛 (@ezralevant) September 24, 2023
Did Justin Trudeau really invite a Nazi SS soldier from the Second World War to Parliament as an honoured guest?
Please tell me I've got a fact wrong here.
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However, as Rebel News report, Canada’s leading military affairs reporter, David Pugliese, wrote a 2020 article that says no such ‘First Division’ existed during WWII.
Members of the division served Adolf Hitler’s 14th Waffen SS Division Galicia — a designated criminal organization, according to the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal, reported military journal esprit de corps.
As many as 2,000 Waffen SS soldiers of Ukrainian heritage, including Hunka, supposedly changed their identities and masqueraded as “refugees” before capture to seek refuge in Canada in the 1950s.
As many as 30,000 Ukrainian refugees fled Europe for Canada at the time.
Before members of the unit surrendered to Allied forces, they hid their SS connection in the final days of the war by renaming themselves the First Division Ukrainian National Army.
Pugliese said that the Ukrainians had voluntarily served the Nazi war machine and “eagerly signed up” to join the Waffen SS.
3. Here's what Pugliese wrote in the military journal, Esprite de Corps:— Ezra Levant 🍁🚛 (@ezralevant) September 24, 2023
In an attempt to hide the SS connection, the unit had changed its name in the last few days of the war to the First Division Ukrainian National Army.
Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) member Lt. Bohdan Panchuk, a founding member of the Ukrainian Canadian Servicemen’s Association (UCSA), pushed a “positive narrative” portraying the former Galicians as an “anti-Soviet” German Army unit.
However, the Galician Division “committed themselves to German victory, the New European Order, and to Adolf Hitler personally,” explained Per Anders Rudling, a historian of Eastern European history and Associate Professor at the Department of History at Lund University, Sweden.
While Canadian Immigration officials did not sufficiently probe the 2,000 SS “refugees,” their British counterparts knew exactly their origins and were more than happy to offload them to Canada.
“The Division was an SS division, and technically all of its officers and senior NCOs are liable for trial as war criminals,” noted a report from Britain’s Under-Secretary of State.
The SS Waffen fought the Polish Home Army in WWII, crushed the Slovak National Uprising and hunted down anti-Nazi partisans in Slovenia.
“What little we know of their war record is bad,” wrote Beryl Hughes, who handled the cursory background checks for Britain’s Home Office.
“We’re still hoping to get rid of the less desirable Ukrainian PoWs either to Germany or Canada,” he said in another 1948 note.
Hughes also wrote to a colleague that Panchuk knew he was dealing with “unsavoury individuals,” but that did not sway him in making Canada their home.
Some Ukrainian-Canadians also knew their origins and strongly opposed their settling in Canada.
“It is clear that Mr. Panchuk and his Association either forget the facts, that no Canadian could forget or feel that Canadians have already forgotten their sons who have fallen on the battlefields in Europe,” said the Association of United Ukrainians in Canada.
“Ukrainian Division (Galicia) was part and parcel of the Hitler army. Our Canadian boys fought against them on the battlefields of Italy. Many Canadian sons remained over there, shot by the very ones that Mr. Panchuk would [like] your Department to bring to Canada,” they said.