War Criminality Educational Documents
The difficult history behind the Nazi soldier in Parliament, Full Comment, National Post, October 23, 2023
Historical ignorance is the generous explanation for the House of Commons applauding a veteran of the Nazis' Waffen SS Galicia division during a visit by Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenzkyy. But the embarrassment and outrage that followed shed little light on exactly how Ukrainians like Yaroslav Hunka found themselves first wearing the infamous Nazi SS uniform, then immigrating to live peaceful postwar lives in Canada. Myroslav Shkandrij, author of a new book, In the Maelstrom: The Waffen-SS 'Galicia' Division and Its Legacy, joins Brian this week to discuss the unsettled history of the controversial unit, and why the story doesn't lend itself to easy narratives. (Recorded October 12, 2023)
Contentious Ukrainian Second World War Unit Examined. The Free Press, June 24, 2023
re: "Contentious Ukrainian Second World War Unit Examined" The Free Press, June 24, 2023
We now know that the controversy over alleged “Nazi war criminals” in Canada was provoked by the KGB, a disinformation campaign carried forward by the Russian Federation’s operatives after the Soviet Union’s 1991 collapse. As Professor Myroslav Shkandrij’s book has also reminded us, the Commission of Inquiry on Nazi War Criminals, headed by the late Mr Justice Jules Deschênes, concluded that this military formation could not be indicted as a unit and that the brouhaha about the “Nazis in our midst” had been “grossly exaggerated." As such, the headline for this review is not only misleading but unwarranted. The Ukrainians who served in the “Galician Division” were neither Nazis nor war criminals.
Lubomyr Luciuk, PhD
Royal Military College of Canada
Kingston, Ontario, K7K 7B4
The SBU denied Yad Vashem about Shukhevych, BBC Ukrainian.com March 4, 2008
A delegation of Ukrainian experts says that during a visit to the museum archives in Israel they did not find any documents that would confirm the accusations of involvement of the Nakhtigal battalion or one of the OUN-UPA leaders Roman Shukhevych in punitive operations in Lviv in 1941.
"Commission of Inquiry on War Crimes" by Honourable Justice Jules Deschenes, Commissioner, December 30, 1986
Historical publication digitized in 2012 by Privy Council Office of Canada. "In view of the nature of this inquiry, my Report is divided into two Parts: Part I, which is designed for publication; Part II, which is destined to remain confidential."--Letter of Transmittal, p.3 of 955. Includes: "Findings and recommendations" (Part II, Chapter I) 13p. Ottawa - Ontario : Privy Council Office 30 December 1986.