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Kudos to the Canadian Government for Their Commitment to Justice

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Although 70 plus years have passed since the start of World War II and the unspeakable tragedy of the Holocaust, the civilized world stills cries out for justice and accountability for those who perpetrated mass genocide. The voices of six million Jews and millions of other innocents who were subjected to the most heinous atrocities in the annals of history at the hands of Nazi barbarians still speak to us in profound ways.

One would surely hope that our society; ostensibly predicated upon an obligation and respect for the cherished principles of justice, social order and democracy and for rudimentary moral values would labor assiduously to make a clear delineation between good and evil, right and wrong; justice and injustice.

Today, we laud the government of Canada for stepping up to the proverbial plate and executing a long-awaited justice for those who were systematically murdered by the Nazi war machine. Over the last three years, Canada has deported more than 60 Nazi war criminals who illegally entered their country in the late 1940s and 50s by supplying fraudulent information on their citizenship applications. As we reported in this issue of The Jewish Voice, the latest candidate for righteous extrication from Canadian borders is 88-year old Helmut Oberlander, a Ukrainian born miscreant, who at the age of 17 participated in the Nazi Einsatzkommando mobile killing squad at the age of 17. After concealing this information to Canadian authorities upon entering the country almost 60 years ago, he then feigned innocence, insisting that he was “compelled” to arbitrarily snuff out human lives. Thankfully, the Canadian government didn’t buy that sophistical argument and has now revoked his citizenship as he faces possible deportation.

As the scourge of Holocaust denial is being extolled on a regular basis by such reprehensible personalities as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and many others of his ilk, we hasten to remind ourselves that the blather being spewed forth by these “revisionists of history” have deleterious consequences as they are being warmly embraced by those who are just hankering to believe and promulgate such bald faced lies. As you will see, in this issue we published the list of those who were the top ten anti-Semitic offenders for 2012 (courtesy of the Simon Wiesenthal Center) and many of them subscribe to the notion that the Holocaust was a grandiose canard manufactured by Jews to elicit sympathy from the world and thus dominate it. Suffice it to say, Jew hatred has not abated, but rather it is alive and well and gaining an ominous momentum.

The Wiesenthal Center has listed Oberlander as one of the top ten most wanted Nazi war crimes suspects in the world and he represents but one of the 2000 Nazi war criminals who entered Canada without revealing their diabolical past. At this juncture in time, the Canadian government certainly could have abrogated their responsibility to bring these odious criminals to justice. They could have permitted Nazi offenders to evade justice on the considerations of time and resource expenditures, and the fact that many of the surviving victims are diminishing rapidly but they did not. They have utilized their highly vaunted judicial system to vigorously pursue these contemptible barbarians, despite the apathy and indifference that surrounds them.

Over the last 20 years, the successful legal actions against Nazi war criminals in Canada have been a result of extradition, not prosecution. The Canadian government tries to revoke citizenship and send the accused to stand trial in the country in which the crimes took place. Upon the shoulders of those who are empowered to seek a sense of moral rectitude on behalf of a civilized community, there is a supervening affirmative duty to ensure that the perpetrators of highly serious offenses pay their debt to society. The putrid evil that has come to define the Holocaust compels the political and judicial authorities in our generation to confront in a high-minded manner the question that future generations will ask about the tendencies of our generation’s response: Did we do what was necessary to bring to justice those who committed the Nazi atrocities? Mere accolades are not nearly sufficient to describe the palpable admiration and respect that The Jewish Voice has for those intrepid individuals in the Canadian government who summoned up the moral fortitude to do that which is right and good and who prevailed over the forces of darkness and indifference.

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