Inspection of Waffen Troops

Heinrich Himmler inspects troops with the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS

Canadian Parliament Honours Nazi SS In International Embarrassment

SS standing ovationIn an incident that resulted in headlines around the world, the House of Commons gave a standing ovation to a Ukrainian who was part of a Nazi SS division in the Second World War that carried out the execution of Jews and Polish civilians in Ukraine. He was a member of the Galician Division, also known as the Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, which was declared a criminal organization by the Nuremberg trials which followed the end of World War II. Somehow he was granted refugee status and obtained Canadian citizenship.

Yaroslav Hunka, 98, was sitting in the gallery when he was described as a Ukrainian hero and a Canadian hero to applause from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. He was invited to attend by the speaker of the house, Anthony Rota who subsequently apologized and then resigned. Trudeau camped out at his cottage after the incident and then emerged three days later to offer his own apology.

The blunder was seen around the world by millions of people who remember clearly the Nazi atrocities and embroilment in a conflict that killed over 50 million people. It drew the attention of Russia, who uses the excuse of the de-Nazification of Ukraine to invade and brutalize the country.

SSAsked about the incident, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "As for the resignation of the speaker of parliament, well, of course, he took responsibility, but what about the parliament itself, which stood up and clapped the fascist? Of course, here reason dictates the need for some kind of denunciation of Nazism. Parliament must do this, and otherwise it is a parliament that is tainted by this applause." He said the incident showed a careless disregard for historical truth, and urged Canada to "bring this criminal to justice". "The addiction of the Kyiv regime to the Nazi ideology is not news," Peskov said on Wednesday. "The fact that Zelenskyy also stood and applauded the fascist (in the Canadian parliament) once again confirms this. And of course, we can only sympathize with the memory of Ukrainian veterans who fought fascism, including Zelenskyy's grandfather."