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Defunding the Myths and Cults of
Cold War Canada:
Ongoing state support for East European
émigré groups with deep fascist roots

(Collaborators, Crusades and Coverups in an era of “truth and reconciliation”)

Issue #70, Press for Conversion! (Spring 2021)
of the
Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT)
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Defunding Cold War Canada

Table of Contents

Canada’s anti-Red, Cold War propaganda in context
L.B.Pearson: Godfather of Cda’s Cold War on the new "Red" enemy
Pearson College and NATO’s United World Colleges
The CBC’s “Voice of Canada” --  Weapon of Cold War propaganda
‘Voice of America’ & the CIA’s ‘Radio Free Europe’ & “Radio Liberty’
L.B.Pearson: Groomed by King, St. Laurent & the ‘Big antiRed Machine'
Mackenzie King gave shocking praise for Hitler until the eve of war in 1939
Liberal immigration: "None is too many" and Too many is not enough
Why did King have such adoring admiration for Nazi Germany's dictator?
King loved Hitler’s hate speech against “Jewish international Bolshevism”

“Captive Nations” and their "Black-Ribbon-Day" crusade
The ignored historical context of “Black Ribbon Day” (Aug. 23, 1939)
“Captive Nations”: Nazi trope to CIA meme to Cold-War trump card
The “Captive Nations” conceit in Nazi propaganda
John Diefenbaker: Strong voice at the UN for “Captive Nations” bloc
The BRD campaign: Canada’s top Cold War propaganda export
The late Cold War context of the BRD crusade
Ongoing propaganda of the former "Captive Nations":
    (1) Canada’s anti-communism monument and (2) the Magnitsky laws

Far-right roots:
East European émigré groups in Canada & abroad

Estonian Central Council in Canada
   Estonia glorifies Nazi veterans as ‘freedom fighters’
Estonian World Council
Lithuanian Canadian Community and the Lithuanian World Community
   Lithuanian nationalists now have 'freedom' to glorify Nazi heritage
Latvian National Federation in Canada
World Federation of Free Latvians
Slovak World Congress and the Canadian Slovak League
Council of Free Czechoslovakia & Czechoslovak Nat'l Assoc. of Cda.

Ukrainian linchpin of Cda’s postwar, far-right diaspora
Krakow and Ottawa, 1940: "A Tale of Two Cities," and two UCCs:
(1) Germany’s Ukrainian Central Cttee. and (2) Canada's Ukrainian Canadian Cttee.

The Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations & World AntiCommunist League
Yaroslav Stetsko: Leader of proNazi Ukraine, 1941

State-funded centres of Canada’s Bandera cult and its Bandera youth
Roman Shukhevych: Assassin, terrorist, war criminal and cult hero

Getting them young: Instilling Ukrainian patriotism in children and youth
Plast recruited for Nazi’s Waffen SS Galicia; now recruits for Ukraine
From Chomiak to Freeland: “keep that flame alive”
Chrystia Freeland: “Accidental journalist” or groomed for the job?
Myron Kuropas: Downplaying Holocaust; Exaggerating Holodomor
Turning from same page: Freeland wrote for pro-fascist publications
Yuri Shymko: From Bandera youth leader, MPP & MP, to elder statesman
Lisa Shymko: In the footsteps of family, community & far-right, war heroes
Rubbing political shoulders with the ABN in Toronto

The struggle continues...                                            Abridged Index

Lithuanian independence
gave nationalists ‘freedom’
to glorify their Nazi heritage

By Richard

(Click here for a pdf to see this sidebar as it appears in print, p.35)

During WWII, Lithuanian ethnonationalists and their Nazi allies killed almost every Jew in the country and exterminated as many communists as they could. After the USSR’s 1991 destruction, Lithuanian nationalists regained power. Their main goals were to continue fighting communism and to whitewash history by portraying their Nazi-collaborationist forebears as heroic, antiSoviet warriors. For example, Lithuania’s postSoviet governments have:

• Banned the communist party (1991).1

• Exonerated thousands of war criminals (living & dead) convicted by the Soviets, including confessed mass murderers, and made them or their heirs eligible for compensation (1991)2

• Endorsed, funded or otherwise aided yearly proNazi rallies, often with government speakers. These ethnonationalist events flaunt fascist flags, Nazi symbols and chants to glorify perpetrators of the Holocaust (since 1991)

• Sought prosecution of Jewish partisans who fought Nazism, but did not prosecute Nazis.

• Glorified Nazi collaborators using public cemeteries, parks, monuments, inscriptions, museum displays, and by the naming of a university lecture hall and streets3 (since 1991)

• Created the "Red-Brown Commission" in 1998 to falsely equate Nazism with communism. It has urged the EU parliament to rewrite textbooks and to sideline Holocaust Remembrance Day by remembering August 23 instead, ie., ‘Black Ribbon Day’4

• Outlawed all communist symbols (2008)5

• Criminalized opposition to revisionist "double-genocide," Nazi=Soviet narrative (2010)6

• Lithuania’s parliament is drafting a law declaring that "neither the Baltic nation nor its leaders participated in the Holocaust."7 (2020)

Kazys Bobelis and Jurgis Bobelis

One of Lithuania’s many postSoviet politicians with personal ties to Nazi collaborators and the Holocaust was Kazys Bobelis. A veteran of the proNazi, Abwehr-sponsored Lithuanian Activist Force, he dedicated his life throughout the Cold War to the anticommunist cause of independence from the USSR. In 1979, he became chairman of the Supreme Committee for the Liberation of Lithuania (VLIK) and was highly praised by Yaroslav Stetsko, president of the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations.8 Remaining chairman until its final year, 1992, Bobelis was VLIK's longest-standing leader.

His father, Colonel Jurgis Bobelis, was the proNazi puppet government’s military commander in Kaunus who helped oversee the creation of its "Jewish concentration camp."

Returning from the US to Lithuania in 1992, Kazys was aided by the neofascist ‘Young Lithuania’ group to get elected to parliament.9 He was re-elected until retiring in 2006. As an MP, he repeatedly denied his father’s key role as a Nazi collaborator.10


1. Unacceptable anti-Communist legislation in Lithuania, April 16, 2009.

2. Lithuania exonerating thousands of war criminals, Baltimore Sun, Sep. 5, 1991.

3. Memorials to Holocaust Collaborators in Public Spaces and State Sponsored Institutions in Lithuania, Defending History

4. Avi Friedman, "The New Deniers," Mispacha, Aug. 5, 2009.

5. Unacceptable anti-Communist... op.cit.

6. Red-Brown Bill with Two Years of Jailtime for Disagreeing with Government’s Position is Signed into Law, Jun. 29, 2010.

7. Lithuania’s ruling party drafting bill exonerating nation from Holocaust crimes," Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Jan. 3, 2020.

8. "Dr. Bobelis Elected Chairman of Lithuanian Supreme Council," ABN Correspondence, May-Jun. 1979, p.18.

9. Anatol Lieven, The Baltic Revolution: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Path to Independence, p.271.

10. Geoff Vasil, Landsbergis’ New Book Tries (yet again) to Sanitize the 1941 Hitlerist ‘Provisional Government,’ Dec. 7, 2012.

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