Sep 23, 2021
By Christine Ross
Ex-Nazi interpreter Helmut Oberlander has died in Waterloo, Ontario. The former interpreter for a Nazi death squad during the Second World War, was 97.
Earlier this month, Oberlander faced a hearing by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada about whether he could remain in Canada.
He’s been in a legal battle with the federal government to maintain his citizenship since 1995.
Oberlander maintains that he was just 17 years old when he was forced to join the Nazi death squad or face execution.
The squad was responsible for killing close to 100,000 people who were mostly Jewish. Oberlander was not accused of taking part in any executions.
He came to Canada in 1954 and became a citizen six years later.
The group B’nai Brith says his peaceful passing is a stain on our national conscience as Canada closed the door on Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis, then allowed some of their tormentors into Canada and did not deport them.