Apr 29, 2012

Canadian Government Pursues Nazis

From: Friends of the Simon Weisenthal Center


On the eve of Yom HaZikaron FSWC travelled to Parliament Hill in Ottawa with a group of four Holocaust survivors to request the government do all it can to deport, after decades of legal wrangling, the two living Nazi war criminals who remain in Canada.

The delegation, including Max Iland, a hidden child from Belgium, Alex Eisen, who saw Hitler wave to cheering crowds in Vienna and lived through the horrors of the Budapest ghetto,  Howard Chandler, who survived Auschwitz-Buchenwald and Terezin and Vera Gara, who endured Bergen-Belsen, joined FSWC President and CEO Avi Benlolo and Communications Manager Stacey Starkman in meetings with Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Culture, Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General and York Centre MP Mark Adler in a series of meetings about the urgency of deporting these criminals.

"In our meetings with the Cabinet Ministers we received a promise to review the files of Vladimir Katriuk and Helmut Oberlander- two Nazis who are living comfortably in our country," said Avi Benlolo, President and CEO of FSWC.

"We believe the information we presented to them will provide sufficient evidence to move forward with the deportation of these individuals and are pleased that this government, which has done so much to help the fight against antisemitism and to promote human rights around the world, has agreed to give this pressing matter the attention it deserves."

"There is a duty for all of us who are alive to those who did not survive," explained Max Iland," adding, "There is no joy in seeing these men expelled from Canada, - just the knowledge that we have done something on behalf of those who were killed by these men and hopefully, at last, a sense of justice."

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