Fist-pumped by Zelenskiy and a standing ovation from Canadian parliament – but Yaroslav Hunka’s record in nazi unit was no secret
Last week, as Skwawkbox covered, the Canadian parliament rose to give a prolonged standing ovation to Ukrainian born Yaroslav Hunka, who was invited alongside Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy – and received fist-pumps from Zelenskiy as MPs applauded him for fighting ‘for Ukrainian independence against the Russians during the Second World War’.
Hunka had been a member of the Ukrainian 14th SS, fighting for Hitler against the Soviet Union – at that time an ally of the UK, US, Canada and other nations fighting to overcome Hitler. The media, where it reported Hunka’s past in any detail at all, mentioned only that he had fought in the ‘First Ukrainian’ division – the name the SS unit was given at the end of the war after surrender to the allies.
But Hunka’s SS past was far from secret. In fact, he contributed to a book about ‘The History of the Galician Division of the Waffen-SS’, providing details of his service:
The Galician Waffen-SS, commanded by fanatical nazi and murderer of Jews Fritz Freitag, was declared a criminal organisation during the Nuremberg Trials. The 14th Waffen-SS was found by both a 2003 Polish government commission and the Institute of History at the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in 2005 to have been responsible for the massacre of women and children in the village of Huta Pieniacka.
Western governments and media have long colluded in the whitewashing of widespread nazism in Ukraine, such as the notorious ‘Azov battalion’, as part of the propaganda war to drum up support for mass military and financial support. Now a Western parliament has given repeated standing ovations not only to the president of Ukraine who banned opposition parties and took control of Ukrainian media, but to the former SS soldier who went with him to meet MPs and senior military officers.
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