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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

TV and film reviews:
Myron Kuropus --Downplaying Holocaust; Exaggerating Holodomor

By Richard

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For decades, Myron Kuropas has been writing a controversial column in the US-based Ukrainian Weekly,
North America's largest
Ukrainian newspaper.

In 1988, Chrystia Freeland
co-wrote an article for this paper
that appeared on the same page as an ad for a book glorifying the Ukrainian Waffen SS as "freedom fighters."
(That ad appeared in 16 issues of The Ukrainian Weekly
that year.)

Ukrainian Weekly columnist Myron Kuropas was the former Special Assistant for Ethnic Affairs to US President Gerald Ford. In 1979, at Kuropas’ first lecture in Canada, he addressed the Ukrainian community at Toronto’s Albany Club (one of Canada’s oldest private clubs). Calling the community "ineffectual and impotent" for not challenging a 1978 docudrama called Holocaust, he blasted the NBC program saying "many scenes ... were potentially compromising" to Ukrainians and "portray[ed] facts out of context." Ukrainians "must concern themselves continuously with machinery by which their special interests are represented, their public relations carried out, and their community image created."1

Historian Grzegorz Rossolinski-Liebe notes that NBC’s Holocaust miniseries, which had an audience of many millions, revealed

Ukrainians as Nazi collaborators and Holocaust perpetrators. Holocaust ... clashed with the ideological Bandera symbolism and the way that the Ukrainian diaspora dealt with its past, particularly ...the denial of Ukrainian involvement in the Holocaust and collaboration with Nazi Germany.2

Rossolinski said this TV show, starring James Woods and Meryl Streep, was "the immediate trigger of the nationalists’ famine discourse" which they call the "Ukrainian Holocaust," Holodomor or "Famine Holocaust." Scholars Karyn Ball and Per Anders Rudling documented how the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) and other nationalist groups:

have often resorted to a competitive victimology as they exaggerate the death count associated with the Ukrainian famine of 1932-33 ... [i.e., the Holodomor] in order to appropriate and supersede the Jewish genocide’s perceived moral capital.3

Ball and Rudling critique nationalist Ukrainians "for tripling the numbers of dead attributed to the Great Famine." While they cite scholarly research showing that 2.6 to 3.9 million died, the UCC and the League of Ukrainian Canadians often claim it was 7 to 10 million.4

"Stalin's tyranny
could destroy their country.
But not their love."

An example of this hyperbole is found in a more recent Canadian melodrama, "Bitter Harvest" (2017). This thriller/romance says the Holodomor "took from 7 million to 10 million innocent lives." One great fan of the film is Chrystia Freeland who tweeted that she was "Honoured to attend the Toronto Premiere of @BitHarvestFilm, ... with my family."5 The showing at the Toronto International Film Festival was also attended by her friends, UCC president Paul Grod and Ukraine’s Ambassador to Canada, Andriy Shevchenko.6

The film is crossmarketed with The Holodomor National Awareness Tour, a public relations campaign of the UCC and three other Ukrainian-Canadian groups.7 They received $1.45 million from the federal government8 to promote their version of history. It was also funded by the Manitoba and Ontario governments. In 2015, Ontario gave $750,000 to a similar Holodomor project aimed at kids.9


1. Michael Gedz, "Ukrainian Politics," Student, Dec. 1979, p.8.

2. Grzegorz Rossolinski-Liebe, Stepan Bandera: The Life and Afterlife of a Ukrainian Nationalist, 2014, p.434.

3. Karyn Ball and Per Anders Rudling, "The Underbelly of Canadian Multiculturalism: Holocaust Obfuscation & Envy in Debate about the Canadian Museum for Human Rights," Holocaust Studies, Winter 2014, p.47.

4. Bitter Harvest website

(The film was financed by Ian Ihnatowycz, vice-chair of the UCC Advisory Council.)

Dozens of UCC and LUC webpages exaggerate the deaths by 2-3 times. and

5. Chrystia Freeland tweet, Mar. 2, 2017.

6. Activity, Bitter Harvest

7. Holodomor, Ukrainian Genocide

8. Ukrainian Canadian Community welcomes $1.45M Federal Funding for Holodomor Awareness Project, Feb.22, 2018.

9. Government of Ontario announces new funding for Holodomor Mobile Classroom, Ukrainian Echo, Jul. 28, 2015.


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