DUMB ASS OF THE WEEK
Speaker Anthony Rota, right, walks into the House of Commons during the Speaker's Parade on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Sept. 25, 2023. Rota says he is deeply sorry that he has offended many people by praising a member of a Nazi unit as a Ukrainian war hero.
That was what the Nuremberg Trials called the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS: Criminals, not soldiers, who found themself in the spotlight on Parliament Hill on Friday when former 14th Waffen member Yaroslav Hunka was invited to the House of Commons by Speaker Anthony Rota and received a standing ovation as “a Ukrainian and a Canadian hero” who fought for “Ukrainian independence against the Russians.”
Of course, there’s much more to the SS division’s sordid past than that. The 14th Waffen Grenadier Division murdered many, many Jews and Polish civilians. For this, they were applauded by Heinrich Himmler, who was the leader of the Nazi Party and the architect of the Holocaust.