Magazine    Contact    Facebook    Subscribe/Donate   ArmsShows    Media    Myths    CPP    SlideShows    Air Shows/Film    Search

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)
A 64-page issue of the
Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT) magazine
Read a summary of this issue         See articles on state funding & access sources

Please subscribe, order print copies or make a donation to support this work:
(Click for a coupon, e-transfer to or use paypal link on COAT webpage). 
To subscribe in Canada: 3 issues ($25). Within Canada: 1 copy=$8
; 5=$30; 10=$45; 20=$45.

Articles may be reprinted and/or reposted without permission provided the URL is included
and the author and source (Press for Conversion! Spring 2021) are credited.  Thanks.

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: A simpleton who naively praised Hitler until 1939
Liberal immigration: "None is too many" but Too many is not enough
King supported Adolph Hitler throughout the 1930s
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

Two ongoing propaganda campaigns waged by the former “Captive Nations”

By Richard

(1) "Axis of Hate":

Canada’s anticommunist monument

On Black Ribbon Day 2013, PM Stephen Harper declared a federal gift of prime land in Ottawa’s parliamentary precinct, plus $1.5 million, for an anticommunist monument led by ‘Tribute to Liberty’ (TTL). Federal funding for the monument, now under construction, has been increased to $2 million. With support from the Conservative, Liberal, NDP and Green parties, the "Memorial to the Victims of Communism" is opposed by 77% of Canada’s public (27% ‘strongly’), while only 23% support it (4% ‘strongly’).1

Six of TTL’s nine Board of Directors2 represent far-right East European groups discussed in this issue of Press for Conversion!:

Markus Hess
Estonian Central Council in Canada
executive member,
Estonian World Council
founder, International Black Ribbon Day Committee (BRDC)
chair, Central and Eastern European Council

Paul Grod
president., World Ukrainian Congress
former pres., Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC)
activist, Ukrainian Youth Association

Alide Forstmanis
former president,
Latvian National Federation in Canada
treasurer/secretary, BRDC (Kitchener-Waterloo).

Ludwik Klimkowski
vice president, Canadian Polish Congress (CPC) (see also)

Teresa Berezowski
former president, CPC (see also)

Robert Tmej
activist, Czech and Slovak Association of Canada

Group donors
While the above groups all helped fund the TTL monument, its largest donors are the CPC ($25-$50,000) and the UCC ($25,000). Other donors include the Latvian National Federation in Canada, the League of Ukrainian Canadians (LUC)  and LUC Women (see also), and the Lithuanian Canadian Community.

  Community Donors
TTL lists these "communities"4 as its major funders:


State Donors
































Czech Republic





$25 - 50,000

$25 - 50,000





    * It was not explained what the TTL means by the "Canadian" community.

Bill Blum wryly noted that:
"The Black Book of Communism ...
is to the study of communism as
"The Protocols of the Elders of Zionism'
is to Judaism, or the collected statements
of George W. Bush are to understanding
why we are fighting in Iraq."

Extremist Hyperbole:  
100 million deaths by communism?

The TTL’s stated purpose is to "commemorate over 100 million victims of Communist terror."5 This exaggerates a wildly-inflated 94-million death toll in the TTL’s far-right bible, The Black Book of Communism, which has been criticized as nonsense by many scholars including Noam Chomsky. Even some of its own coauthors later denounced these figures as absurd. William Blum, a former US State Department staffer turned antiwar author, ridiculed the book’s use by the far-right to spread hateful lies:

During his ... election campaign, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi declared that communists in Mao’s China boiled babies to make fertilizer. He defended his remark by citing: The Black Book of Communism, a "history" of communism ... that is to the study of communism as "The Protocols of the Elders of Zionism" is to Judaism, or the collected statements of George W. Bush are to understanding why we are fighting in Iraq.6

David Frum (left) was chosen by "Tribute to Liberty"
to be on their jury to select the designer of Canada's government-funded, anticommunist monument in Ottawa.

In 2002, Frum, the son of CBC icon Barbara Frum,
wrote the infamous "Axis-of-Evil" speech for
Pres. George W. Bush (right).  He originally formulated
the epithet for America's enemies as "The Axis of Hate."

Ironically, the jury which selected the designer of the anticommunist TTL monument in Ottawa included David Frum (the son of CBC’s Barbara Frum).  It was David Frum, who as George W. Bush’s speechwriter, wrote the president's infamous "Axis-of-Evil" speech. Frum however initially formulated this epithet/catchphrase for America’s top enemies as "The Axis of Hate."7

References and notes

1. "Victims of Communism: Resounding Thumbs Down on what is considered a wasteful and unnecessary project," EKOS survey, May 22, 2015.

2. Board of Directors, TTL website

3. "Our Donors," TTL website.

(Note: Ranges are from "Our Donors" while other figures, from various reports by organizations, are corrected for inflation and rounded to nearest $1000.)

4. Lithuanian Canadian News, Mar. 31, 2020.
(Note: Data comes from TTL treasurer, Alide Forstmanis.)

5. TTL Newsletter, Winter 2016.

6. William Blum, "Some Things You Need To Know Before the World Ends," Anti-Empire Report, April 22, 2006.

7. Cail Newsome, "The Use of Slogans in Political Rhetoric," The Corinthian, Volume 4, 2002.

(2) Magnitsky laws:

Still waging economic
war against Russia

Magnitsky Laws, passed in the US in 2012 and unanimously by Canadian MPs in 2017, are the brainchild of US-born Bill Browder, a global financier and "dear friend" of Finance Minister, Chrystia Freeland. Browder, "convicted of fraud" and "large-scale tax evasion" by Russian courts, calls Freeland the "moral leadership"1 behind his Magnitsky crusade. Browder and his accountant, Sergei Magnistky, created an illegal "tax-avoidance scheme" allowing them and their ultrarich clients to acquire Russian state assets. In the "wholesale pillaging of Russia" in the 1990s, says hedge-fund manager Alex Krainer, several hundred billion dollars were "taken out of Russia, much of it illegally."2

Krainer is the author of Grand Deception: The Truth about Bill Browder, the Magnitsky Act, and Anti-Russian Sanctions, 2018. While Magnitsky laws are disguised as an anti-corruption "crusade for human rights," their real goal, he explains, is to "impede the operation of international laws and institutions through which Russian authorities might investigate ... crimes and initiate lawsuits" against those who pilfered Russia’s state coffers. After setting up Browder’s tax evasion scam, Magnitsky was arrested and died in a Russian prison while awaiting trial in 2009.3

Magnitsky Laws have passed in Estonia, 2016; Lithuania, 2017; Latvia, 2018; and in the UK, 2017, and two of its corporate tax havens (Gibraltar and Jersey, 2018). Kosovo, created by NATO after its 1999 war on Yugoslavia, passed Magnitsky laws in 2020.4

Canadian MPs were lobbied to pass Magnitsky Laws by the Central and Eastern European Council (CEEC).5


1. Marcus Kolga (CEEC pres.), "Chrystia Freeland should have remained Minister of Foreign Affairs," Macleans, Nov. 21, 2019.

2. Magnitsky Act Comes to Canada, Oct. 15, 2017.

3. Ibid.

4. Magnitsky Legislation

5. Marcus Kolga, "Canadians call on Parliament to adopt ‘Magnitsky’ legislation," CEEC media statement, May 20, 2016.

Learn more....  You may also be interested in these resources...

Click to read the contents of this magazine online

Captive Canada
Renditions of the
Peaceable Kingdom at War,
from Narratives of WWI
and the Red Scare to the
Mass Internment of Civilians

(Or, how we learned to stop worrying,
keep calm and carry on loving the
myths that define and confine us.)


Read the introductory article:
"The Canada Syndrome,
a Captivating Mass Psychosis

Click to read the contents of this magazine online

Fictive Canada
Indigenous Slaves
and the Captivating Narratives
of a Mythic Nation

Read the i
ntroductory article:
True Crime Stories and
the Politics of Literary Escapism:
Canada as a Fiction in the
Imperial Genre


Watch the COAT website
for news about....

  (1) an upcoming book
by Richard Sanders

with the
  working title...

The Grooming
of a Liberal
War Hawk
Chrystia Freeland


(2)  a upcoming, online petition to:

      (a)  Expose Canada's ongoing, Cold-War
      alliance with fascist-rooted groups, and

      (b)  Defund those groups which still
      glorify their Nazi-collaborating heroes.


to a

Magazine    Contact    Facebook    Subscribe/Donate   ArmsShows    Media    Myths    CPP    SlideShows    Air Shows/Film    Search