They either didn’t do their homework or they simply don’t care. A standing ovation for an ex member of the Waffen SS is where western politics is now.
Who were the Waffen SS?
The Waffen-SS, was the armed wing of the Schutzstaffel (SS), which was a paramilitary organisation under Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in Nazi Germany. The Waffen-SS was distinct from the regular German army, the Wehrmacht and was responsible for combat operations during World War II.
They played a significant role in various military campaigns and were involved in numerous war crimes and atrocities during the war. Its units were involved in combat on multiple fronts, including the Eastern Front against the Soviet Union, the Western Front against the Allies and other theatres of war.
The Waffen-SS was closely associated with Nazi ideology and committed numerous war crimes and atrocities during the war, including the Holocaust. After World War II, the organisation was declared a criminal organisation by the Nuremberg Trials and many of its members were prosecuted for their roles in war crimes.
Let’s just say that if one chose them as friends, then psychopathy was in touching distance.
What they got up to:
- Massacres of Civilians: Waffen-SS units were responsible for the massacre of civilians in various locations, including the infamous massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane in France, where an entire village was wiped out and the Malmedy massacre in Belgium, where American prisoners of war were executed.
- Participation in the Holocaust: Some units of the Waffen-SS played a direct role in the Holocaust, assisting in the genocide of Jews and other minority groups. The most notorious unit involved in this was the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, which participated in mass killings.
- Anti-Partisan Operations: Waffen-SS units were often involved in anti-partisan operations on the Eastern Front. These operations included the brutal suppression of resistance movements and the execution of civilians suspected of supporting or harbouring partisans.
- Ethnic Cleansing: Waffen-SS divisions, such as the 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar (1st Croatian), were involved in ethnic cleansing operations in the Balkans, targeting Serbs, Jews, and Roma populations.
- Mistreatment of POWs: Waffen-SS units were known for mistreating and often executing prisoners of war. The Malmedy massacre mentioned above is one example, but there were numerous other instances of POW mistreatment.
- Brutality in Combat: The Waffen-SS was known for its ruthless tactics and brutality in combat. They often disregarded the rules of war and engaged in actions considered war crimes, such as killing surrendering enemy soldiers or conducting reprisal killings against civilians.
- Forced Labour and Slave Labour: Some Waffen-SS units used forced labour and slave labour, including concentration camp inmates, to support their war efforts. Prisoners were subjected to harsh conditions and often died due to mistreatment and exhaustion.
Thus, when the Ukrainian president gives a speech to the Canadian parliament and a Waffen SS member is present, one would expect, if one were not a psychopath, that this would be somewhat strange.
A 98-year old was given standing ovation by the Canadian parliament during Zelensky's speech.— UNN (@UnityNewsNet) September 24, 2023
He was hailed as a hero for fighting against the Russians.
Yaroslav Hunk fought for the 14th division of the Waffen SS. pic.twitter.com/1J2lNywBM5
However, as we know, parts of Ukraine and Nazism are united in spirit.
Ukraine, situated in Eastern Europe, has a long and tumultuous history, with significant portions of its territory having been part of various empires and states over the centuries. The relationship between Ukraine and Nazism can be examined in several stages:
- Pre-World War II Ukraine:
Before World War II, Ukraine was divided between several powers, including the Soviet Union, Poland, Romania, and Czechoslovakia. In the interwar period, there was significant political and social upheaval in Ukraine, with various nationalist movements seeking independence and self-determination.
- Soviet Ukraine and the Holodomor:
Soviet Ukraine, established after the Russian Revolution, experienced a period of radical transformation under Joseph Stalin’s leadership. In the early 1930s, Ukraine suffered a devastating famine known as the Holodomor, which was the result of forced collectivisation and grain requisition policies. This event led to significant resentment toward the Soviet regime.
- Nazi Occupation and Collaboration:
During World War II, Ukraine became a battleground between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. In 1941, the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union and occupied a large portion of Ukrainian territory. Some Ukrainians initially saw the Nazis as liberators from Soviet oppression and collaborated with them.
Notably, the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and its military wing, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), sought to establish an independent Ukrainian state. Some factions of the OUN cooperated with the Nazis in the hope of achieving this goal. However, this collaboration was often fraught with tensions, as the Nazis viewed Ukrainians as racially inferior and sought to exploit the region for their own purposes.
- War Crimes and Atrocities:
The Nazi occupation of Ukraine was marked by widespread atrocities and crimes against humanity. The Holocaust was carried out with brutal efficiency, resulting in the extermination of hundreds of thousands of Jews in Ukraine and the establishment of concentration camps on Ukrainian soil. Additionally, Ukrainian collaborators were implicated in various war crimes.
- Soviet Reoccupation:
As the tide of war shifted, the Soviet Union gradually reoccupied Ukraine, leading to further violence and repression. The UPA continued to resist Soviet rule, but their efforts were largely unsuccessful.
- Legacy and Memory:
The history of Ukraine’s relationship with Nazism remains a sensitive and controversial topic. While many Ukrainians see their wartime resistance efforts as part of a struggle for independence against both Nazi and Soviet oppressors, the collaboration of some factions with the Nazis has created ongoing debates and historical tensions.
In contemporary Ukraine, there is a diverse range of perspectives on this history, with some Ukrainians emphasising resistance against both Nazi and Soviet forces, while others acknowledge the collaboration and atrocities that occurred during the war.
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