- A controversial monument being built in Ottawa for victims of communist regimes has received donations in honor of known fascists and Nazi collaborators.
- The Memorial to the Victims of Communism is being financed in part through a “buy-a-brick” campaign called Pathways to Liberty, which is run by the charity.
- “If Canada commemorates Ante Pavelić or Roman Shukhevych, it can throw its human rights record right in the trash” -Efraim Zuroff, Simon Wiesenthal Centre
Taylor C. Noakes from CBC writes:
“A controversial monument being built in Ottawa to honour victims of communist regimes has received donations in honour of known fascists and Nazi collaborators, according to a list posted online by the organization spearheading the project.
The Memorial to the Victims of Communism is being financed partly through a “buy-a-brick” campaign called Pathways to Liberty, which is run by the registered charity Tribute to Liberty.
The campaign sells “virtual bricks” that appear on the organization’s website and in their newsletter. The bricks are dedicated to alleged victims of communism and include biographical notes about the individuals being commemorated.
But some donors seem to be attempting to sanitize the records of known fascists and war criminals.
An organization calling itself the General Committee of United Croats of Canada purchased virtual bricks dedicated to Ante Pavelić, describing him only as a “doctor of laws.”
Pavelić was the wartime leader of the Ustaša, the fascist organization that ran the Independent State of Croatia, a Nazi puppet regime. In this role, Pavelić was the chief perpetrator of the Holocaust in the Balkans. Approximately 32,000 Jews, 25,000 Roma and 330,000 Serbs were murdered by the regime….”
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