University returns donation from family with Nazi links
“The university recognises and regrets the unintended harm caused,” Verna Yiu, interim provost and vice-president of the university, said in a statement. “On behalf of the university, I want to express our commitment to address anti-Semitism in any of its manifestations, including the ways in which the Holocaust continues to resonate in the present.”
Hunka, a 98-year-old Ukrainian Canadian, was invited to Ottawa last week for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s address to parliament, where Hunka was given a standing ovation after being pointed out by Speaker Anthony Rota. It later emerged that the man Zelenskyy and others were applauding served in the Waffen-SS Galicia Division, or the SS 14th Waffen Division, a voluntary unit that was part of Adolf Hitler’s forces during the Second World War.
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