SUPREME COURT RULING CLEARS WAY FOR DEPORTATION OF 95-YEAR-OLD EX-NAZI
Dec 05, 2019
By Bob Komsic
The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear an appeal from a 95-year-old ex-Nazi interpreter who’d been fighting to keep his citizenship.
The ruling means Ottawa can now start deportation proceedings against Helmut Oberlander.
(B’nai Brith Canada)
The Waterloo, Ontario man’s been engaged in a legal battle since 1995 when the RCMP launched an investigation into his alleged involvement in a Nazi death squad during the Second World War.
This is the government’s fourth attempt to revoke Oberlander’s citizenship on grounds he ”significantly misrepresented his wartime activities” to Canadian immigration.
Oberlander maintains he was forcibly conscripted by the Nazis when he was 17 and never took part in any atrocities in German-occupied Ukraine.
His lawyer says his client’s the victim of a ”gross miscarriage of justice.”
Bernie Farber, former CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress, who’s worked on Nazi cases and is the son of a Holocaust survivor, says ”We ought not to think of those like Oberlander as they are today … We must remember them as they were 75 years ago … They are not deserving of our sympathy.”