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Why Is Canada's Foreign Minister Proud of Her Family's Nazi Past?

When is Freeland going to own up for her promotion of her Holocaust-aiding grandfather as a supposed paragon of moral virtue hounded by Moscow?

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Chrystia Freeland's maternal grandfather was the Nazi-appointed editor-in-chief of a rabidly anti-Semitic paper published during the high tide of the Holocaust. Mykhailo Chomiak praised and helped justify the near extermination of European Jewry and personally benefited from it.

Both the apartment and the printing presses he had been given by the Germans had been "liberated" from their murdered Jewish owners. Aside from raging against Jews and kissing up to the Nazis, Chomiak's paper also celebrated and justified Nazi violence against Russians and the Poles. It cheered on the Blitz — German terror bombing of cities and towns in Britain.

Normally a person's sins are their own. But here is a catch — Chrystia Freeland knew of her grandfather's role in the Holocaust, covered it up, and at the same time spoke of her pride in him.

Chomiak's family knew about his wartime record since his death in 1984. Yet Freeland presented him to the public as a victim, a Ukrainian patriot hounded by Stalin. Just last year she spoke about how proud she was to honor his legacy:

What is more she refuses to own up to either her promotion of Chomiak as a honorable figure, nor to his true legacy even today when her deception has been laid bare. Instead she has tried to sidestep the issue invoking — what else — Russian malevolence. What, did the Russians make her grandfather sign up as Hitler's propagandist? Did the Russians make her publicly build up her grandfather into a paragon of moral virtue?

Via the Observer:

When asked at a press conference on March 6 about the allegations that her maternal grandfather was a Nazi collaborator, Chrystia Freeland, newly appointed Foreign Minister of Canada, former journalist and a writer, a master of words, found only clumsy sentences to deliver what would have earned no more than a ‘C’ in a high school debate class.

“It’s no secret that Russians do not like you and banned you from the country,” began the question. “Recently, there has been a series of articles in pro-Russian websites about you and your maternal grandparents, making accusations that [your grandfather] was a Nazi collaborator. I’d like to get your view—is this a disinformation campaign by the Russians to try to smear you and discredit you, which they have a tendency to do?”

With a poorly-camouflaged expression of pain on her face, Freeland replied:

“It’s public knowledge that there have been efforts—as U.S. intelligence sources have said—by Russia to destabilize the U.S. political system. I think that Canadians and indeed other Western countries should be prepared for similar efforts to be directed at us. I am confident in our country’s democracy and I am confident that we can stand up to and see through those efforts.”

“I don’t think it’s a secret,” she continued, “American officials have publicly said—and even [German Chancellor] Angela Merkel has publicly said—that there were efforts on the Russian side to destabilize Western democracies, and I think it shouldn’t come as a surprise if these same efforts were used against Canada. I think that Canadians and indeed other Western countries should be prepared for similar efforts to be directed at them.”

And these are the people who claim moral mastery over Russia and the Russians? People who can't even own up to their promotion of Nazi collaborators and cheerleaders for the Holocaust.

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