Canada’s anti-communist crusade: Black Ribbon Day – More anti-communist glorification of Nazism

1942 photo of RCAF pilots from Torbay Air Force base in Newfoundland, some of the over one million Canadians who enlisted to fight fascism during the second world war.

On August 23, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Latvian, Estonian and other reactionary cliques are once again staging events to mark the anniversary of so-called Black Ribbon Day. “Commemorative events” are being held on Parliament Hill, the Rotunda of the Alberta Legislature, and a handful of other locales. In concert, Trudeau did not fail to issue a statement on Twitter, equating the victims of fascism with the so-called victims of communism and falsifying history. Scores of Canadians immediately began denouncing his statement on Twitter. For the information of readers, we have updated an article by Dougal MacDonald originally published by this blog on August 24, 2018 which provides information on the so-called Black Ribbon Day.

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Canada’s anti-communist crusade: Black Ribbon Day – More anti-communist glorification of Nazism

By DOUGAL MACDONALD

On August 23, 2018, the Trudeau regime once again made a public statement to mark the anniversary of Black Ribbon Day, a memorial day concocted by the ruling circles of Europe in 2009 to promote anti-communism through slanders and lies and to glorify Nazism. The Canadian Parliament designated the same day as the “National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Communism and Nazism in Europe” in December that same year. Justin Trudeau began his 2018 statement by completely falsifying the nature of the August 23, 1939, Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The real historical significance of August 23, which is being deliberately covered up by the anti-communist campaign, is that it is the anniversary of the 1939 Soviet-German Non-Aggression Pact (Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact) that gave the Soviet Union an extra 22 months to build up its defences against the expected Nazi invasion. By September 1938, Germany had occupied Austria and taken over Czechoslovakia. The Soviet Union called on Britain and France to sign a collective mutual assistance pact, which might have saved Europe from the Second World War or, at least, ensured that the war was shorter and less destructive. The British and French imperialists rejected the proposals for collective security because they hoped to egg on Hitler to attack and destroy the Soviet Union. Of course, Britain and France had already signed the sellout Munich Agreement with the Nazis in September 1938. This gave Hitler the green light to start invading Europe on September 1, 1939. The Soviet Union thwarted the Anglo-French plan to use Germany as their weapon against the Soviet Union by signing the Soviet-German Non-Aggression Pact, which simply stated that Germany and the Soviet Union would not attack each other, even though the Soviet Union had no illusions about Hitler’s plans to “Germanize” the East, which he had laid out for all to see in his 1925 book, Mein Kampf.

Left to right: Chamberlain, Daladier, Hitler, Mussolini, and Ciano at signing of sellout Munich Agreement in 1938.

When Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, the pact was immediately voided and, as history shows, the preparations prior to the invasion permitted the Soviet Union to play a major role, at tremendous sacrifice, in ending the twisted Nazi dreams of world conquest.

Anti-fascist partisans of the Polish People’s Army, circa 1944. Partisan forces in all the areas occupied by the Nazis worked closely with the Soviet Red Army to defeat the Nazis.

Jewish Partisans of the Chkalov Brigade, pictured here in Belorussia in 1943.

Soviet soldiers escorting two prisoners on the day of liberation, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland. (yadvashem.org)

After falsifying history in his speech, Trudeau trotted out the standard pro-Nazi trick of trying to equate the Nazis, who are well-known as the biggest war criminals of all time, with the Soviet Union which played the major role in defeating the Hitlerites and freeing the world of the scourge of Nazism. Trudeau went on to say: “Today, I join Canadians and our international partners to pay tribute to the victims of Communism and Nazism in Europe. We stand with the survivors and their descendants as they continue to cope with the trauma caused by these cruel regimes.” Trudeau and his ilk deliberately use the word “totalitarianism” to falsely equate Nazism with communism, while waging their own wars of aggression against sovereign countries in the name of a market economy, “humanitarian intervention” and a multi-party “democracy” where voters are forced to choose which party of the rich will implement the agenda of the monopolies. Once again, falsely equating the Soviet Union with Nazi Germany, Trudeau then stated: “Many of those who escaped the Soviet and Nazi regimes found a welcoming home in Canada to start their lives anew. These refugees and their descendants have made remarkable contributions to our country, helping to shape our Canadian identity and build the strong, diverse, and prosperous Canada we know today.” Trudeau failed of course to mention that the government of Canada, like the US government and others, actively worked to bring known Nazi war criminals and collaborators to Canada, including 2000 members of the Galician Division of the Waffen SS.

This is the battle shield of the Ukrainian SS division Galizien, formally known as 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Ukrainian). 2000 survivors of this Nazi unit were allowed to came to Canada. They have their own memorial at St. Volodymyr Catholic Cemetery, 1280 Dundas St. W, North Oakville, Ontario, itself part of a Ukrainian cathedral and cultural centre.

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Chrystia Freeland, Trudeau’s Foreign Minister, issued this shameless tweet on August 23, 2016:

chomiak

Freeland’s maternal grandfather, Michael Chomiak, was editor of the collaborationist newspaper Krakivs’ki visti published by the Ukrainian Central Committee in Cracow, Poland. Chomiak called for the actual recruitment of Ukrainians into Hitler’s SS.

Krakivs’ki visti published the May 6 1943 “Appeal to Ukrainian Citizens and Youth by the Ukrainian Central Committee President [Kubiiovych] on the Formation of the Galician Division”.

Photo shows Chomiak with Nazis in Cracow. Front right is Emil Gassner, press administrator for the Nazi General government ruling occupied Poland. Both Chomiak and Kubiiovych escaped to Munich in 1945 as “refugees.” Kubiiovych later initiated the anti-communist Encyclopedia of Ukraine (Entsyklopediia ukraïnoznavstva) published by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto – financed by the federal government and the province of Alberta.

The Appeal called on Ukrainians “to come out with gun in hand to do battle with its most grievous foe – Bolshevism. The Fuhrer of the Greater German Reich has agreed to the formation of a separate Ukrainian volunteer military unit under the name SS Riflemen’s Division ‘Halichina’.” “You must stand shoulder to shoulder with the invincible German army and destroy, once and for all, the Bolshevik beast.” “…one can only face an enemy such as Red Moscow shoulder to shoulder with an army capable of destroying the Red monster.” “You were born at the dawn of the great age, when the new history of Ukraine began to be written in crimson Blood and golden Glory.” “Side by side with the heroic army of Greater Germany…to do battle against our greatest national foe.” “…the hard but certain road to our Glorious Future.”

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Trudeau ended his mention of refugees with the usual platitudes, stating: “It is with their stories in mind that we will continue to promote and protect human rights, freedom, and democracy.” This is of course a ludicrous statement from a government that just sold $15 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s biggest violators of human rights. Or, from another perspective, what would Canada’s First Nations, Metis and Inuit people have to say about the Liberals’ claim of their commitment to “human rights, freedom and democracy”?

Each August 23, Trudeau and his predecessor Harper have attended meetings and made official statements and speeches to mark Black Ribbon Day on behalf of the most reactionary dregs of society who link human rights to the rehabilitation of Hitlerite crimes against humanity, all in the name of high ideals. They deliberately promote the view that the Hitlerite Nazis and their collaborators who slaughtered the peoples of Europe, Britain, and the Soviet Union were heroes and the anti-fascist forces who fought them to the death, especially the communists, should be erased from the historical record.

Trudeau’s August 23, 2018 speech demonstrated once again how the ruling circles of Canada and other countries define human rights and humanitarianism on a cold war anti-communist basis to cover up their crisis of governance today and their inability to resolve a single problem facing their societies at this time. They are spending millions of dollars to launch campaigns to instil anti-communism in the minds of the people in order to sabotage the workers’ movement, the movement in defence of immigrants and refugees, the movement in defence of the hereditary rights of First Nations and the anti-war movement, and lead them into an abyss.

Trudeau has also taken up Harper’s pet project, a publicly funded monument officially called “A Memorial to Victims of Totalitarian Communism – Canada, a Land of Refuge.” The monument project in Canada is based on and linked to the U.S. Victims of Communism Memorial, dedicated in 2007, whose honorary chairman is war criminal George W. Bush and whose benefactors include monopolies such as defence contractor Lockheed Martin and the dominionist Amway Corporation owned by the DeVos family. In Canada, the project was given the go-ahead in 2009 behind closed doors by the federal government’s National Capital Commission (NCC), which oversees the use and development of National Capital Region land.

The monument began as a private project initiated by “Tribute to Liberty” (TTL), an anti-communist organization led by various individuals with very shady pasts. TTL’s private anti-communist monument project was made a public project by Harper and a number of his Cabinet Ministers and MPs, including Jason Kenney. NDP MP Alex Atamanenko and Green Party leader Elizabeth May have also shown their true colours by signing the list of project supporters and promoting the monument.

TTL at first crowed that the anti-communist monument would raise money from the “public.” When this failed miserably due to lack of public support, the Harper dictatorship stepped in to save the doomed project by donating $1.5 million in public funds. A TTL spokesperson suggested at the time that the anti-communist monument project was unable to raise funds from the people of Canada because, “It’s a difficult project for a lot of the public to understand.”

Minister Jason Kenney (far right) signs agreement with Chair of Tribute to Liberty Ludwik Klimkowski to fund anti-communist monument with public funds, on “Black Ribbon Day” in Ottawa, August 23, 2013. Tribute to Liberty has been unable to get public support to build the monument that would commemorate those who fought with the Nazis and were defeated by the Soviet Union. (CIC)

While clamouring about “foreign influence in Canada,” the government and Tribute to Liberty proudly accepts funds from such states as Estonia (pictured), Latvia and Taiwan.

An alternative explanation is that the working class and people of Canada understand the project very well and strongly oppose its virulent anti-communist, pro-Nazi content. Many people still remember the major role played by the Soviet Union in defeating the Hitlerite Nazis. Many workers are aware of the key role played by the communists in helping build Canada’s trade unions to defend the interests of the workers. Further, the people of Canada include the freedom-loving peoples who have fought U.S. crimes in Korea, Viet Nam, the Congo, Indonesia, Greece, Iran, Cuba, Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, Grenada, Colombia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and Yugoslavia and, most recently, Libya and Syria, to name only a few.

Because the people of Canada support real freedom and democracy and not the phoney abstractions of Trudeau and Harper, they are much more likely to support a monument commemorating the real victims of the world, that is, the countless millions of victims of imperialism who have been slaughtered in the false name of opposing communism and “terrorism,” including all of those who were killed opposing the very Nazis whom Harper and now Trudeau continue to glorify.

From a post on Facebook. Illustrations and captions have been added by Tony Seed, who also updated this post on August 23, 2021.

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