One of 10 Most-Wanted Nazi Criminals Keeping Bees in Quebec (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 04/27/12)
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Vladimir Katriuk, 91, whose name appears on the Simon Wiesenthal
Center’s list of the world’s 10 most-wanted Nazis criminals, has been
found to be living a quiet life keeping bees and selling honey in
Justice Minister Rob Nicholson and Citizenship and Immigration
Minister Jason Kenney told a group of Holocaust survivors last week
that the government would re-examine the case of a Nazi collaborator
living near Montreal, according to a participant in the meetings.
The survivors, brought to Ottawa by the Simon Wiesenthal Center to
testify against Katriuk, urged the ministers to take action and bring
Nazi war criminals to justice within their lifetimes.
They gave the ministers copies of a just-published academic paper
that described Mr. Katriuk’s alleged role in a 1943 massacre in
Khatyn in Eastern Europe.
“Clearly the research that we presented is new information and I
think that they have to analyze it but they have committed to us that
they will do so,” said Avi Benlolo, president and CEO of the Friends
of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre. “They will look at it and they will
get the wheels in motion to bring it back to the forefront before
it’s too late.”
The Holocaust survivors also asked for government action against
Helmet Oberlander, another alleged Nazi war criminal.
Mr. Katriuk fled to Canada in 1951 using an alias. In 1999, the
Federal Court of Canada ruled he had obtained his Canadian
citizenship through misrepresentation, but found there was no
evidence he had committed atrocities. The federal Cabinet decided in
2007 not to revoke his citizenship.
However, a scholarly paper written by historian Per Anders Rudling, a
postdoctoral fellow at Lund University in Sweden, states that
recently declassified documents implicate Mr. Katriuk in an operation
in Khatyn, whose residents were wiped out over their suspected
support for partisans responsible for attacking German forces, the
National Post reported.
The paper describes how, on March 22, 1943, villagers of the German-
occupied village were herded into a barn which was then set on fire.
Mr. Katriuk “reportedly lay behind the stationary machine gun, firing
rounds at anyone attempting to escape the flames.”
The paper also quotes testimony alleging that Katriuk was “shooting
people lying on the road.”
“Katriuk’s participation in the Khatyn massacre is confirmed by
multiple testimonies, and in some detail,” Rudling told the National
Post. “The testimonies are consistent in identifying Katriuk as a
machine gunner at Khatyn, and indeed in other atrocities. Together,
the material produces a compelling evidence that Katriuk was indeed
an active participant in the massacre.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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