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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

By Richard Sanders

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Roman Shukhevych conducted his first political assassination in 1926 at age 19. In 1934, he was jailed for his role in killing Poland’s Interior Minister. By 1940, he was attending a Nazi military intelligence (Abwehr) academy in German-occupied Poland.

In 2015, the Government of  Canada gave $279,138 to the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex
in Edmonton

Shukhevych was an organizer of Bandera’s faction of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN-B). In 1941, he helped create their founding policy. It called for the ethnic cleansing of "non-Ukrainians" and the liquidation of "Polish, Muscovite and Jewish activists" in a future Ukrainian state.1

Shukhevych was the top-ranking Ukrainian in the Nachtigall Battalion (aka the Konovalets’ Legion). Trained, armed, funded and led by the Nazis, and attached to a Germany special-forces regiment, its Ukrainian soldiers wore German uniforms and joined their Operation-Barbarossa invasion of the USSR (June 22, 1941). Eight days later, on his 34th birthday, Shukhevych’s Nachtigall marched into Lviv with the Nazis. The OUN(B) then declared Ukraine a state under President Yaroslav Stetsko, with Shukhevych as Deputy Defense Minister.

Read more about how this vile ideology was embraced by:
       • Nazi Germany
       • Mackenzie King
       • Yaroslav Stetsko

In 1942-1943, Shukhevych led Schutzmannschaft Battalion 201. Based in Nazi-occupied Belarus, this Ukrainian legion selecting targets using what historian Waitman Beorn called "Jew-Bolshevik-partisan calculus." By this ideology, "all Jews were Bolsheviks, all Bolsheviks were partisans, and thus, all Jews were also partisans or partisan supporters."2

By 1943, Shukhevych was commander of the OUN-B’s Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) which carried out ethnic cleansing and genocide in western Ukraine (1943-44). During that time, the UPA massacred several thousand Jews and as many as 130,000 Poles.3

Shukhevych led the UPA until his death in 1950. Vassyl Koval then took command until the Soviets defeated it in 1954. (Koval was represented at ABN meetings by Zenon Pelensky who translated for Stetsko during his 1952 tour of Canada. See reference 44 here.) CIA covert operations chief Frank Wisner estimated in 1951 that the UPA had killed 35,000 Soviet police and communists inside the USSR since 1945.4

Click here to read more about Canada’s largest Ukrainian community centre, the "Roman Shukhevych Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex" in Edmonton.  In 2015 it received $279,000 from the government for renovations.


1. Per A.Rudling, "The OUN, the UPA and the Holocaust: A Study in the Manufacturing of Historical Myths," Carl Beck Papers, 2011,p.8

2. Per A.Rudling, "The Cult of Roman Shukhevych in Ukraine: Myth Making with Complications," Fascism, Vol.5, Iss.1, May 26, 2016.

3. Ewa Siemaszko, "Bilans zbrodni," Biuletyn Instytutu Pamieci Narodowei, Jul.-Aug. 2010, pp.116-117, cited by Rudling, 2011, p.50.

4. John Loftus, The Belarus Secret, 1982, pp.102-103.

Is it a hate crime to write the word "Actual NAZI" on a
Canadian statue glorifying an actual Nazi
war criminal?

Or, is the statue itself a hate crime?

Either way, should Canadian taxpayers continue to fund
Ukrainian groups that glorify and whitewash
Nazi collaborators and Holocaust-perpetrators
as if they were "freedom fighting" WWII heroes?

How many more tax dollars should they be given?

How many more years should we fund Nazi-glorifying groups?

How many Canadian statues glorifying Nazi heroes is enough?

"None is too many!!"


Stop Canadian government funding of groups that glorify Nazi collaborators

For more than five decades, Edmonton's fascist-glorifying, ethnonationalist Ukrainian community has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants.

In 2021, it received tens of thousands in additional funding for a security camera system to prevent further desecrations of a proNazi statue which it erected in 1973.  This statue at the "Roman Shukhevych Youth Complex Centre" commemorates Shukhevych, a well-known Ukrainian military commander, whose army carried out political- and ethnic-cleansing campaigns that massacred some 150,000 Jews, Poles, Russians, and Soviet partisans allied to Canada during WWII.

The Canadian Government explains that it donated $35,765 for a CCTV system to "increase community safety ... to a community with a demonstrated history of being victimized by hate-motivated crime.”

Swedish-American scholar Per Anders Rudling, notes that:

"The Edmonton Shukhevych memorial was defaced twice. In 2019 and
again in 2021 someone sprayed 'NAZI SCUM,' and 'ACTUAL NAZI' on the monument to the UPA [the fascist Ukrainian Insurgent Army] commander, who served in German uniform in 1939-1943.

"The government of Canada labelled the defacing of the memorial a hate crime and provided the Roman Shukhevych Youth Unity Complex an additional $35,765.32 in additional funding, to pay 'for the installation of a closed circuit television system and intrusion system components' in order 'to increase community safety by providing funding for enhancement of security infrastructure to a community with a demonstrated history of being victimized by hate-motivated crime.'”

Source: "The Far-Right Ukrainian Diaspora’s Policing of History," in The Many Faces of the Far Right in the Post-Communist Space: A Comparative Study on Far-rights Movements and Identity in the Region, State of the Region Report 2021. Published by the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies, CBEES, Södertörn University in Huddinge, Sweden.

Learn more about opposition to the Shukhevych statue:
Jonny Wakefield, "Group resumes decades-old fight to remove statue of Ukrainian Nazi collaborator outside Edmonton cultural centre," Edmonton Journal, August 12, 2021.

Nazi collaborator monuments in Edmonton defaced with red paint and words 'Actual Nazi' and  'Nazi Monument'” August 10, 2021.

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