The Canadian House of Commons erupted into disturbing applause, hailing Yaroslav Hunka, a 98-year-old Ukrainian veteran from World War II, as a hero. But what they didn’t know was that Hunka had once served in a Nazi SS unit!
A Ukrainian and Canadian “Hero”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Volodymyr Zelensky lauded Hunka as a “Ukrainian hero” and a “Canadian hero.”
The atmosphere was electrifying in the House of Commons as they celebrated what they believed was a valiant veteran.
Mr. Rota praised Hunka as “a Ukrainian Canadian war veteran from the Second World War who fought for Ukrainian independence against the Russians.”
Unit Was Under Nazi Command
The celebratory moment quickly turned sour when it was revealed that Hunka had served in the 14th Waffen-SS Grenadier Division, a unit under Nazi command.
Deepest Apologies Extended
Mr. Rota expressed regret for recognizing Hunka without knowing his dark past, extending his deepest apologies to Jewish communities in Canada and globally, “I have subsequently become aware of more information which causes me to regret my decision.”
No one, not even fellow parliamentarians or the Ukrainian delegation, was aware of the speaker’s intention to honor Hunka, “This initiative was entirely my own,” Rota said.
Canadian Jewish Group “Deeply Troubled”
Canadian Jewish group CIJA admitted they were “deeply troubled” and declared proper screening should be in place to prevent this from happening again, “proper vetting is imperative to ensure such an unacceptable incident does not occur again.”
Shortly after the celebration, President Zelensky delivered a passionate speech to gain support from his Western allies.
President Zelensky, who had family killed in the Holocaust, saluted Hunka, unaware of the chilling reality behind the veteran’s service. The contrast between the celebration and Hunka’s past was disturbing to see.
Unit Infamous for Its Atrocities
Hunka’s Nazi unit, the 14th Waffen-SS Grenadier Division, was infamous for its atrocities, accused of massacring Polish and Jewish civilians during World War II.
In a chilling revelation, SS leader Heinrich Himmler visited Hunka’s unit in 1944, indicating their sinister intent to “liquidate the Poles.”
The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre criticized the display, arguing that Hunka’s past was hard to miss and his unit’s “crimes against humanity during the Holocaust are well-documented.”
Mistake Led Fuel to the Fire
Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has repeatedly and falsely accused Ukraine of harboring neo-Nazis since 2022. The revelation about Hunka’s past fed into this propaganda, adding fuel to the already tense situation.
This unforgettable incident should serve as a lesson for all political leaders to do thorough background checks before publicly praising anyone.
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Canadian Politicians and Zelensky Honor Nazi “War Hero”: The Perfect Fuel for Putin’s Propaganda Against Ukraine