Press Release: CIJA and CJHSD Appreciate Determination of Government to Take Action on Helmut Oberlander, Seek Justice for Holocaust Survivors

For Immediate Release 

April 15, 2016

Ottawa, ON—Helmut Oberlander was a member of a savage Nazi mobile killing unit that murdered more than 90,000 Jewish men, women, and children. When he applied for entry to Canada in 1954, he lied about his wartime past and fraudulently gained Canadian citizenship.

Upon learning that the Government of Canada is seeking leave to appeal the latest Federal Court of Appeal’s decision regarding the revocation of Oberlander’s Canadian citizenship to the Supreme Court, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and the Canadian Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants (CJHSD) offered the following comments:

“Mr. Oberlander was a member of Einsatzkommando 10a, a Nazi mobile killing unit responsible for the murder of tens of thousands of Jews,” said Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of CIJA. “He lied on his citizenship application and gained access to Canada fraudulently. Based on these facts, neither of which are in dispute, he should be deported.

“For thirty years, Mr. Oberlander has abused the judicial process. Enough is enough,” added Fogel. “Since 1995, successive Canadian governments have taken action to revoke Oberlander’s citizenship. In taking this latest action, the current government merits full credit for demonstrating resolve and determination in its pursuit of justice for Holocaust victims.”

“Let us all speak as united voices and on behalf of the victims and survivors and let the government know that there is no time limit nor age consideration to bring the guilty to justice. The few remaining survivors are still suffering the loss of our loved ones and remember the brutality of the Einsatzkommando 10a and the murder of tens of thousands. Do not extend our anguish by inaction,” said Nate Leipciger, Holocaust Survivor and Past co-president of CJHSD.

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