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(1) Freeland's article in a
An antiSoviet article on the Holodomor, co-authored by Chrystia Freeland, appeared on the same page of Ukrainian Weekly (UW) as an ad for a book glorifying the Nazi’s Ukrainian Waffen SS.1 Historians Ronald Smelser and Edward Davies say the book ignored "SS atrocities against civilian populations" and that "tens of thousands of Waffen-SS men served as guards in concentration camps." Full of praise for the SS, Richard Landwehr’s book says for example that:
Ukraine was an integral part of Europe’s field of defense against the Communist enemy. The Waffen-SS was a unique experiment that fostered international unity, high ideals and valiant sacrifice against what can be termed the somewhat less than high-minded forces of Soviet Communism and its assorted internationalist gangster allies.
Landwehr had previously praised the Nazis in a notoriously racist, antisemitic and Holocaust-denying journal. In it he exalted the SS, saying it "usually represented the best human material" and was driven by "the idea of a united, anti-communist Europe."3 His book, Fighting for Freedom, thanked Jaraslav Sawka, a contributor to the UW Fund and others "of Ukrainian descent who prefer not to be recognised."4 It was also cited in Myron Kuropas’ UW column when he denounced a CBS TV show on the Ukrainian SS. The show, he claimed, "had ‘KGB’ ... written all over it" and may have been "orchestrated by Moscow" or done in order to "strengthen the hand" of certain "American Jews."5
2. Ronald Smelser and Edward Davies II, The Myth of the Eastern Front: The Nazi-Soviet War in American Popular Culture, 2008. http://bit.ly/NaziMythUSA
3. Richard Landwehr, "The European Volunteer Movement in World War II," Journal of Historical Review, Spring 1981, p.59. http://bit.ly/LandwehrJHR
4. Cited in Smelser and Davies, op. cit., p.162.
5. Myron Kuropas, "Faces and Places: The ugly face of ‘60 Minutes,’" The Ukrainian Weekly, Oct. 30, 1994. http://www.ukrweekly.com/old/archive/1994/449426.shtml
government-funded job for
The Encyclopedia of Ukraine
(created by Ukraine’s top
Nazi collaborator, who was
her grandfather's WWII boss) shared the page with praise
for a leading veteran of
the Waffen SS in Canada
When he died in 2017, the University of Alberta said of its former chancellor: "[A]fter growing up in Ukraine and enduring the hardships of Russian occupation," he came to Canada in 1949.1 Saying nothing of Nazi "hardships" or Savaryn’s role as a soldier in Ukraine’s Waffen SS (which the Nazis created, trained, armed, funded and led), they instead praised his "accomplished career" as a lawyer, his lead role in Alberta’s Progressive Conservative Party and in "championing multiculturalism and education."2
"Savaryn was proud of his SS past," said historian Grzegorz Rossolinski-Liebe. He made it "an important part of his Ukrainian identity and probably understood it as a contribution to Canadian multiculturalism."3 Savaryn was a University of Alberta governor and senator who cofounded its Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS). The publishing deal for its biggest project, The Encyclopedia of Ukraine, was cosigned by Savaryn in 1976. This memory project was created and led by Volodymyr Kubijovych who also led Ukrainian-Nazi collaboration in WWII. Kubijovych’s top news propagandist, Michael Chomiak, worked on the encyclopedia in 1978-79, as did his granddaughter, Chrystia Freeland, in the 1980s.
In 1987, when Savaryn received the Order of Canada, Governor General Jeanne Sauvé praised his work for "multiculturalism" and for being "active in his community as a volunteer."4 Savaryn, "a stalwart leader"5 of Plast Edmonton, also volunteered as president of the World Congress of Free Ukrainians (1983-88), which still reveres WWII fascist Stepan Bandera. During the Cold War, it worked closely with the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations.
In WWII, Savaryn joined the SS and swore a "holy oath" to Adolph Hitler, which said in part:
"I swear before God ... that in the battle against Bolshevism, I will give absolute obedience to the commander in chief of the German Armed Forces Adolf Hitler and as a brave soldier, I will always be prepared to lay down my life."6
Four University of Alberta endowment funds named for Ukrainian Canadian SS vets, include the "Peter Savaryn Award for Contributions to the Development of Ukrainian Studies."7
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) described Savaryn as "a great leader in the Ukrainian Canadian community" who "made a major contribution" to the UCC.8
3. Grzegorz Rossolinski-Liebe, "Celebrating Fascism and War Criminal-ity in Edmonton: The Political Myth & Cult of Stepan Bandera in Multicultural Canada," Kakanien Revisited, Dec. 29, 2010, p.7. http://bit.ly/CultCda
4. Order of Canada http://bit.ly/SavGG
5. UCC expresses condolences for loss of Peter Savaryn, Apr. 9, 2017. http://bit.ly/Sav-UCC
6. Per A.Rudling, "‘They Defended Ukraine’: The 14.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (Galizische Nr.1) Revisited," Journal of Slavic Military Studies, Sep. 2012, p.343. http://bit.ly/UkrSS
8. Peter and Olya Savaryn Award supports Ukrainian studies at CIUS. http://bit.ly/SavCIUS
9. UCC expresses...., op.cit.
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