Wednesday, July 26, 2017

4th Revoke

From the BBC:
"Canada revokes Helmut Oberlander's citizenship for the fourth time"

Canada has revoked the citizenship for the fourth time of a 93-year-old man who has admitted to being a former Nazi death squad member.  Helmut Oberlander says he was forced to act as a translator for the squad and did not participate in atrocities.  He has fought three prior attempts by Canada to strip his citizenship and won. His lawyer says Mr Oberlander will also fight this latest citizenship revocation, calling it "persecution".  A spokeswoman with Citizenship Canada said in a statement to the BBC that "we don't take citizenship revocation lightly, but it is necessary in cases of fraud and serious misrepresentation".   Canada says that when Mr Oberlander applied for entry to Canada in 1954, he obtained his citizenship by knowingly concealing that he had been an auxiliary of the Einsatzkommando, a force that operated behind the German army's front line in the Eastern occupied territories.  The squad is responsible for killing more than two million people, many of them Jewish people.  "We are determined to deny safe haven in Canada to war criminals and persons believed to have committed or been complicit in war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide," said Citizenship Canada's Lisa Filipps.   Mr Oberlander has argued in court that he was conscripted, had no alternative than to work for the Germans, and would have been subject to the harshest penalties had he disobeyed.  Canada has revoked his citizenship three times since 1995. Each time it was overturned on appeal.  In 2016, Canada's Supreme Court refused to hear the government's appeal of a lower court ruling that Ottawa should reconsider its decision to revoke Mr Oberlander's citizenship. His lawyer Ronald Poulton says Canada "appears prepared to hound Mr Oberlander and his family to his grave".  In order to find Mr. Oberlander complicit in war crimes, given his limited and forced participation with the German military, they had attempted to stretch fiction into fact and to rely on an outdated archaic principle known as guilt by association," he said.  Mr. Oberlander was born in Halbstadt, Ukraine in 1924, and he obtained his Canadian citizenship in 1960. Shimon Koffler Fogel, with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, praised Canada for its "tireless" efforts to strip Mr Oberlander of his citizenship.  "This latest development is an important milestone in bringing a measure of justice to his many victims and their families," he said in a statement.  Mr Oberlander's case is expected to be back before a federal court within the next six months.

^ This is clearly one of those cases where the checks and balances do more harm than good. Oberlander openly admits to being part of the Nazi Death Squad and he didn't mention that fact when he  first came to Canada in the 1950s. If he was forced to join and truly felt he was a victim then he should have mentioned that fact to the Canadian authorities back then. Instead he hid the facts and openly lied and only came up with the excuse decades later when he was found out to be a liar. He should be completely stripped of his Canadian citizenship and deported back to the Ukraine where the Ukrainians should try him for his role in being part of the Nazi Death Squads that murdered millions of innocent men, women and children in Europe - including the Ukraine (ie. Babiy Yar.) ^

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