FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2017
Ottawa, ON – The Government of Canada has issued an order-in-council stripping Helmut Oberlander of his Canadian citizenship. Oberlander was a member of a Nazi mobile killing unit (Einsatzkommando 10a) responsible for murdering more than 90,000 Jews during the Holocaust. When he applied for entry to Canada in 1954, he lied about his wartime past and fraudulently gained Canadian citizenship.
For years, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and others have been pushing for Oberlander – who is here illegally – to be removed from Canada.
In response, Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of CIJA, issued the following statement:
“We thank and applaud the Government of Canada for again stripping Oberlander of his citizenship. The legal facts in this case are not in dispute: Oberlander was a member of a savage Nazi unit that murdered more than 90,000 Jews in the Holocaust. He later fraudulently entered Canada and, with the help of his legal team, has since been exploiting our judicial process to avoid prosecution in Germany. There is no statute of limitations for such heinous crimes, and the Government deserves credit for its tireless efforts in this case. This latest development is an important milestone in bringing a measure of justice to his many victims and their families.”
Sidney Zoltak, Co-President, Canadian Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants (CJHSD) added:
“Mr. Oberlander served in a Nazi death squad and gained citizenship to Canada fraudulently. As a Holocaust Survivor, I am deeply offended that he has never been held to account for his crimes. As a Canadian, I am deeply concerned that he has been allowed to cynically abuse Canada’s justice system. This must stop and he should be deported immediately if Canada wishes to retain one shred of credibility with the Survivor community, a community that has been failed over and over again by our justice system. Enough is enough.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.
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