Official Conciliation With Nazism Behind Parliament's
Standing Ovations for Nazi Collaborator

University "Research" Centres and Falsification of History

Dr. Dougal MacDonald

In 1845 in his important work, The German Ideology, Karl Marx stated: "The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e., the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force." Clearly, in capitalist society a key source and repository of the ideas of the ruling class is the university. Supposedly, the university under liberal democracy is a place where ideas contend and differences of perspective are worked out based on reasons and evidence as various scholars wend their way inexorably toward the truth. Then that truth gets disseminated among the masses.

With that in mind it is important to note that, as the thorough-going research of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) shows, Ukrainian reactionaries such as former University of Alberta Chancellor and former 14th Waffen-SS Galicia member Peter Savaryn, have created so-called research centres within universities such as the University of Alberta that appear to participate in the falsification of history. Their aim seems not to be to uncover history, as they claim, but to create it. And to create it in such a way that it favours their cause, promotes their version of history, suppresses opposition to their attempts to be part of the ruling intellectual force, and grooms the next generation to take up their reactionary ideas and causes. This obviously has nothing to do with uncovering the truth.

Are there any historical precedents for this? Certainly. During the run up to the Second World War, Germany used universities in countries such as the United States as centres from which to proselytize in support of the Third Reich. Particularly involved were German language departments. Universities of the day were influential in shaping public opinion and at the time many prominent academics such as Harvard University President James Conant (later U.S. High Commissioner to Germany) refused to take a principled stand against the Hitler regime but instead commended it. Many academics visited Germany and came back singing its praises. Students and professors who challenged and protested the rosy picture of Nazi Germany conveyed by its agents were harshly treated up to and including expulsions and firings.

University centres such as the Canadian Institute of Ukraine Studies (CIUS) appear to be serving the same propaganda purpose as their Nazi Germany-promoting predecessors. Two of the key falsifications they relentlessly promote are, first, the repeatedly refuted myth that the so-called Holodomor of the early 1930s was a deliberate program on the part of the Soviet Union to commit genocide against the Ukrainian people by deliberately depriving them of food,[1] and, second, the myth that Second World War Ukrainian fighting groups such as the Waffen-SS were not murderous gangs of Nazi collaborators under Himmler's command, but actually freedom fighters trying to achieve the independence of Ukraine. The fact that along the way these freedom-fighters committed atrocities against numerous groups of people, including Russians, Jews, Poles, Roma, Ukrainians and others, is just a matter of collateral damage. One example is the admitted massacre of 500-1,500 Polish women and children in the village of Huta Pieniacka on February 28, 1944.

Reasoned debate does not infect the mindset of the Ukrainian propagandists. A November 7 article in the Ottawa Citizen, "Event to Discuss Waffen-SS Cancelled After U of A Professors Complain About Nazi Whitewashing,"[2] states that "University of Alberta has held several online discussions since Yaroslav Hunka was given two standing ovations in the House of Commons. Pro-Ukrainian speakers at those events have claimed that Hunka's unit, the 14th Waffen-SS Galicia, wasn't involved in any war crimes and that such claims are Russian disinformation. But when another online discussion was planned for the Jewish Sabbath on October 14, once again organized by the university's Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, some professors filed complaints to the university's administration alleging the CIUS was engaged in whitewashing Nazi collaborators and war crimes."

The Ottawa Citizen article quotes Dr. Karyn Ball, a University of Alberta professor and Holocaust scholar, who commented. "I don't understand this upside-down universe where people here admire the Waffen-SS and somehow that's okay. It doesn't embarrass the people at my university very much that they have a [group] that has been laundering Waffen-SS reputations and funds for years now." Strangely, the Edmonton Journal, part of the same U.S.-owned PostMedia chain of newspapers as the Ottawa Citizen, did not carry the same article; this also bears looking into. Alberta-based online Athabasca University, however, did its due diligence by twice providing a link to the article on its recurring "media scan" which is emailed to all employees.

A recent article in TML Monthly Supplement No. 19 lists the names of a number of the type of funds referenced by Dr. Ball. Calls are growing louder that all such funds should be shut down, a measure already taken on September 27 regarding the Hunka fund. At minimum an official apology would obviously be in order regarding the hiring of Peter Savaryn as Chancellor. As a former doctoral student posted on social media: "Yuck. It was this man who draped my PhD hood over my head." In addition, more and more people advocate shutting down "research centres" such as Savaryn's CIUS, as well as thoroughly examining what role their published research may have played in spreading false history. Certainly, their refusal to question their core beliefs even when they are disconfirmed by irrefutable evidence openly contradicts all genuine science as well as drags through the mud the long-standing motto of the University of Alberta, Quaecumque vera -- "whatsoever things are true."[3]


1. The Holodomor myth has been exposed by eyewitness testimony of prominent individuals such as NY Times reporter Walter Duranty, playwright George Bernard Shaw, French President Edward Herriot, and UK official Sir John Maynard; by the exhaustive investigation published in Douglas Tottle's 1986 book Fraud, Famine and Fascism; by the lack of any supporting documentation for the claim of a "Soviet plot"; and by the proposal of a viable alternative natural explanation by U.S. historian Professor Mark Tauger.

2. "Event to discuss the Waffen SS cancelled after U of A professors complain about Nazi whitewashing," David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen, November 7, 2023.

3. Philippians 4:8: "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."

This article was published in
Volume 53 Number 25 - November 2023

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