We have an update on the Canadian debacle that led to the House of Commons honoring a former Waffen SS named Yaroslav Hunka (born Gunko). He was applauded and received two standing ovations.
Justin Trudeau was among those who applauded him. Apparently, he did more than that. He likely met with him privately. At least that’s what his daughter-in-law Theresa said. It is astounding because Justin Trudeau blamed the Speaker of the House and Russian disinformation.
Correction: Theresa Hunka is the daughter-in-law… pic.twitter.com/LCv18T3LuJ
— DD Geopolitics (@DD_Geopolitics) September 25, 2023
It appears like Trudeau personally met SS veteran Jaroslav Hunka, invited to the Canadian parliament, and knew exactly who his guest was.
The scandal has taken a new turn.
His granddaughter, Theresa Hunka, blew Trudeau’s cover. pic.twitter.com/8Hgdr31EGM
— New World Odor™ (@hugh_mankind) September 25, 2023
Russians talking about it doesn’t make it Russian disinformation. The only disinformation is Justin Trudeau passing the buck. He’s either very stupid, and his staff are as well, or he’s sympathetic to these Nazis. I don’t think he’s stupid. What do you think?
I hope Jewish people don’t accept his so-far disgraceful apology until they have a full account of how this went down, one that is truthful.
Hunka even contributed to a book about the division and the Waffen SS.
In Canada, Hunka remained active in Waffen SS veterans circles and maintained a blog on the Internet where, in the early 2010s, he compared veterans of SS Galizien to Jews, arguing that both groups were spread in worldwide diasporas from their homeland and could only return after several years of exile.
The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies condemned SS Galizien as “responsible for the mass murder of innocent civilians with a level of brutality and malice that is unimaginable,” referencing events such as the 1944 Huta Pieniacka massacre of Polish civilians.
ORIGINAL STORY SEPTEMBER 24 2023
Canada’s House Speaker Apologizes for Honoring Former Nazi SS
Canada’s House of Commons Speaker Anthony Rota has apologized for honoring a Ukrainian man who served in Adolf Hitler’s Waffen SS forces in World War II and calling him “a Ukrainian and a Canadian hero.”
The 98-year-old Yaroslav Hunka, née Jaroslav Gunko, a former member of the SS 1st Galician Division, was given a standing ovation in the chamber during the visit of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on Friday. Jewish groups heavily criticized the incident.
“On Friday, September 22, in my remarks following the address of the President of Ukraine, I recognized an individual in the gallery,” Rota said in a statement on Sunday. “I have subsequently become aware of more information which causes me to regret my decision to do so.”
Non è un incubo, è la realtà. Zelensky, Trudeau e il parlamento canadese celebrano l’anziano nazista ucraino Yaroslav Hunka arruolato volontario nella divisione ucraina delle SS-Galizia di Hitler e Himmler. Il bello è che non si vergognano neanche un pò. https://t.co/QETK56BmH1 pic.twitter.com/N3XdPleQB9
— Chance Giardiniere (@ChanceGardiner) September 24, 2023
The AP reported that Vladimir Zelensky clenched his fist, and Justin Trudeau applauded Yaroslav Hunka, who was in attendance and fought with the First Ukrainian Division in World War II before later immigrating to Canada.”
What the US news agency described as “the First Ukrainian Division” was in fact the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, also known as the 1st Galician Division.
Without mentioning Hunka by name, Rota reiterated that the Ukrainian man was one of his constituents. “I particularly want to extend my deepest apologies to Jewish communities in Canada and around the world. I accept full responsibility for my actions,” he said.
The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center advocacy group said it was “incredibly disturbing to see Canada’s Parliament rise to applaud an individual who was a member of a unit in the Waffen-SS, a Nazi military branch responsible for the murder of Jews and others and that was declared a criminal organization during the Nuremberg Trials.” The Center added that there “should be no confusion” that the unit where Hunka had served was responsible for killing civilians “with a level of brutality and malice that is unimaginable.”
Remember when Canadian Parliament member Yaara Saks claimed that “honk honk” was code for “heil hitler” and basically accused the canadian truckers of being nazis?
Well this week in Parliament she honored and cheered for an actual Nazi SS officer. pic.twitter.com/i623NnWhIx
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) September 24, 2023
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