The newly appointed Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland (who is of Ukrainian heritage) is the grand daughter of a nazi collaborator

Summary

The newly appointed Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland (who is of Ukrainian heritage) is the grand daughter of a nazi collaborator.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation. No evidence given that Chrystia Freeland would have lied about the family history. euvsdisinfo.eu/report/the-newly-appointed-canadian-foreign-minister-chrystia-freeland-who-is/,

Ms. Freeland's uncle, John-Paul Himka has studied family history and told to the Globe and Mail in 2017:

"He was the editor of a legal newspaper in Nazi-occupied Poland. He never signed anything in the paper. He never made policy or that kind of thing. It wouldn't be his call. [The newspaper] also performed a function for Ukrainian culture and kept Ukrainian intelligentsia alive during the war by paying them for articles, not just anti-Semitic articles but articles about Ukrainian culture. It was a bit of a mixed bag."

Himka does not mention that Ms. Freeland's grandfather would have had any connections with Auschwitz.

Ms. Freeland's office offered a short statement to the Globe and Mail when asked for comment on Prof. Himka's writings about Krakivski Visti and her grandfather.

"Dating back many years, the Minister has supported her uncle's efforts to study and publish on this difficult chapter in her late grandfather's past."

Updated 15 May 2018.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 55
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/01/2017
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Canada, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: Russia insider
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