BY DOUGAL MACDONALD
On January 13, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that his government’s Citizenship and Immigration Department, run by Jason Kenney, would give the Canada Ukraine Foundation (CUF) and its allies almost $1.5 million to conduct a “National Awareness Tour” regarding what the Ukrainian reactionaries call the “Holodomor.” This is the fictitious “man-made famine” said to have taken place in Ukraine in 1932-33, concocted by the Nazis to discredit the Soviet Union and the great prestige it had amongst the world’s peoples, and to justify aggression against it. Harper and his ministers carefully omit from all their Holodomor speeches the fact that, while there were difficult times in Ukraine – mainly due to the long imperialist invasion of Soviet Russia, which began in 1918 and included Canadian troops – there was never a “man-made famine” there.
The myth of the Holodomor has been revived in this period of retreat of revolution to cover up the crimes which the U.S. imperialists are committing in their striving to dominate the world, along with the Israeli Zionists and their backers in Europe and North America, which includes the government of Canada and the Harper government in particular. To its great shame, the Harper government was the first in the world to “officially recognize” the “Holodomor” in 2008. The Harperites have gone so far as to officially declare the Holodomor to be an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people. The only other parliaments to have done so are Argentina, Austria, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, and the United States. Estonia, Lithuania and Hungary, along with Ukraine itself, are states that are at the forefront of the neo-Nazi revival in Europe. The Ukraine government, which the National Tour is intent on promoting, includes a number of declared neo-Nazis.
Holodomor National Awareness Tour
The Holodomor National Awareness Tour, which is to begin in the spring of this year, is a joint project between four reactionary organizations: the CUF, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC), the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre (UCRDC) and the Holodomor Research and Educational Consortium (HREC). One of the directors of CUF is Andrew Robinson, Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine from 2001 to 2005, the period which includes the U.S.-financed “Orange Revolution.”
A customized forty-foot RV, with an interactive audio-visual technology centre on board, will tour Canada, visiting schools, universities, government buildings and Ukrainian community and Canadian mainstream events, festivals and gatherings across the country. The “awareness” campaign will use the “big lie” technique perfected by the Nazis, i.e., repeating the lie of the Holodomor over and over again in hopes Canadians will rally behind the resurgence of fascist forces in Ukraine and join the war propaganda against Russia.
Notably, former Nazi collaborators and their spawn are in the forefront of the phony Holodomor campaign. After the Second World War, Canada became a haven for Ukrainians who collaborated with the Nazis and killed their own citizens to serve Nazi aims. Once in Canada, and with the help of the Canadian state, these war criminals built reactionary domestic organizations (e.g., the UCC) which persist to this day. These organizations displaced already-established progressive Ukrainian organizations. Some collaborators achieved high positions, for example, Waffen SS member Peter Savaryn served as VP of the national PC Party and was Chancellor of the University of Alberta for four years.
Fabrication of the anti-communist myth
It was the Hitlerite Nazis who created the famine myth in 1933 to discredit the Soviet Union, the enemy they most feared. The Nazis wrote front page stories in German newspapers, which were then taken up by the reactionary British press. One of the enthusiastic promoters of the story was Lord Rothermere, the owner of the London Daily Mail monopoly press, He was anti-Soviet, anti-communist, and anti-labour. A friend of Hitler and Mussolini and sympathetic to Oswald Mosley’s British fascist party, Rothermere sent a number of congratulatory telegrams to Hitler before the invasion of Poland. On June 27, 1939, he wrote: “My Dear Fuhrer, I have watched with understanding and interest the progress of your great and superhuman work in regenerating your country.”
In September, 1934, multi-millionaire William Randolph Hearst, the leading U.S. publisher of the “yellow press” and an open supporter of Nazism, met with Hitler and Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels in Berlin and signed a cash deal to promote a positive image of the Nazis in the U.S. The Hearst papers carried columns paid for by Adolf Hitler, Herman Goering and Benito Mussolini, and Hearst attended the huge 1934 Nazi Party Nuremberg rally. Hearst was virulently anti-Soviet, anti-communist, anti-labour and racist to the core. He hated minorities, particularly Mexicans, whom he portrayed as lazy, degenerate and violent. The Hearst “yellow press” sensationalized, exaggerated and even fabricated news stories, to try to push its reactionary agenda and to sell more newspapers. Egged on by the Hitlerites, Hearst’s papers became the biggest propagandists for the Ukrainian famine myth, using fake photographs and printing lies that have been refuted by evidence over and over again.
Hearst’s fraudulent famine campaign began on February 8, 1935 with a fabricated front-page headline in his Chicago American: “6 million people die of hunger in the Soviet Union.” Using material supplied by Nazi Germany, Hearst began to publish lies about a genocide which was supposedly deliberately perpetrated by the Soviet leadership, causing several million to die of starvation in the Ukraine. What actually took place in the Soviet Union at the beginning of the 1930s was a major class struggle in which poor landless peasants rose up against the rich landowners, the kulaks, and began a struggle for collectivization of agriculture. The Hearst press articles falsely asserting that millions died of a man-made famine in the Ukraine were the origin of the larger myth alleging millions died in the Soviet Union. These myths were taken up by the CIA and MI5, and in the post-war period by the McCarthyite witch hunters, and by paid propagandists such as Stanford Professor Robert Conquest, a former agent of MI5. For decades, such slanders have spread a negative view of socialism in the Soviet Union.
Harper government’s aim in supporting Ukrainian fascists
During its long love affair with the Ukrainian reactionaries, the Harper government has never once denounced the fact that the Nazis exterminated over three million people in Ukraine. These horrendous crimes have disappeared into thin air to serve the Harperite agenda. It is as if the Nazis were Canada’s war-time ally, not the Soviet Union. The Harper government has also remained silent about how the Canadian state allowed known Nazi war criminals, including those from the Ukraine, into Canada and then protected them from prosecution.
This includes, for example, the 2,000 members of the Ukrainian-based Galicia Division – denounced as a criminal organization at the Nuremberg Trials – who came to Canada after the Second World War, even though they were members of the Nazi SS and fought for the Nazis against the Soviet Union and its allies, including Canada. Instead of opposing Nazism, Harper and his ministers openly support it and they have made the Government of Canada an official supporter of it as well. While 115 countries voted in favour of the December 2014 anti-Nazi resolution at the UN, Canada’s UN representative voted against it, one of only three countries to do so, the others being the United States and Ukraine.
The Harper government is also funding a private, pro-Nazi, anti-communist monument to be built in downtown Ottawa, next to the Supreme Court building, based on one already built in the U.S. This is in keeping with its systematic perpetuation of Nazi myths.
The Harper government’s use of public funds to promote the Holodomor myth is to promote a self-serving agenda in the name of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Harper and his Ministers, in particular Jason Kenney and Foreign Minister John Baird, are making great attempts to rewrite the history of Canada. Their systematic glorification of numerous unjust colonialist and imperialist wars such as the crushing of the Northwest Rebellion, the Boer War, the invasion of Soviet Russia, World War I, the Korean War, and the post-9/11 aggressions has the aim of disorienting Canadians so that they cannot wage an effective resistance in defence of the rights of all under today’s conditions.
Even though its real agenda in support of reaction, U.S. wars of aggression and occupation and the crimes of the Israeli Zionists has become well-known to Canadians and the peoples of the world, the Harper government’s rewriting of history to serve a reactionary present and future is dangerous nonetheless and deserves to be opposed.
It is well known that the conquerors write the history of the events which took place. What the Harperites believe is what Canada must believe, or so they assert. But the history of the great anti-fascist war, World War II, was written in the blood of the communists and the world’s heroic anti-fascist fighters, including Canada’s service men and women backed by the entire people. It cannot be rewritten. Now is the time for us all to write the history of the present. Titans are needed. Let Titans come forth in the form of the organized mass resistance to attempts to plunge us back into the darkness of yesteryear.
Source: TML Weekly Information Project, January 24, 2015 – No. 4