Canada Faces Backlash for Applauding WWII Veteran Linked to Nazi Unit During Zelenskyy’s Parliament Visit

By pakzar Sep 25, 2023
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Canada Faces Backlash for Applauding WWII Veteran Linked to Nazi Unit During Zelenskyy’s Parliament Visit

Canadian Jewish organizations and social media critics are expressing strong criticism toward the Canadian Parliament for giving a standing ovation to a man associated with the Nazi regime during an event featuring the visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the country.

The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Canadian nonprofit focused on Holocaust education, expressed their dismay on X (formerly Twitter): “FSWC is deeply troubled by Canada’s Parliament applauding a Ukrainian veteran who served in a Nazi military unit during World War II, known to be involved in the mass persecution of Jews and others. An apology and clarification are warranted.”

Video footage and photographs depict a moment of jubilation in the Canadian Parliament on Friday during President Zelenskyy’s visit to Ottawa. During this event, Canadian lawmakers also paid tribute to Yaroslav Hunka, a 98-year-old Ukrainian immigrant who had served in the First Ukrainian Division, also recognized as the Waffen-SS Galicia Division. This division functioned as a paramilitary arm of the Nazi regime under the Schutzstaffel organization.

House Speaker Anthony Rota, with the presence of Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Justin Trudeau, praised Yaroslav Hunka, 98, as a ‘Ukrainian hero.’ The speaker of Canada’s House of Commons has since issued an apology for the acknowledgment of an individual with ties to a Nazi unit during World War II, in a session attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

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