Let me state upfront that children and grand children are not to be judged for the actions of their parents or grand parents. Case in point, the documentary My Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did, which examines how two sons of Nazi mass murderers–Hans Frank and Otto van Wachter–assess their fathers legacies. Frank ruled Poland and oversaw the creation of six huge extermination camps. Otto von Wachter was the Nazi in charge in Ukraine and oversaw the mass murder of Jews. The most deadly event was the massacre at Babi Yar (a suburb of Kiev). Hans Frank’s son, Niklas rejected his father’s beliefs and denounced his actions. Horst von Wachter, by contrast, spends much of the documentary defending his father.
Which brings me to the case of Chrystia Freeland, the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. Chrystia insists there are no Nazis nor Nazi sympathizers in her family tree. This is simply not true. Here is the evidence courtesy of Yaacov Apelbaum at XRVISION.
Chrystia Freeland’s grandfater was Michael Chomiak:
Who was Michael Chomiak? The Chomiak files (# 5693/11) from the Warsaw Institute of National Remembrance, which is part of the state’s Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation, tells the story. The first document (see below) confirms that Chomiak was a POI and a target of a Polish intelligence search and that part of his German war record had been recovered by the Polish police. His last known address was an apartment in Cracow.
The second document, dated May 12, 1966, reveals the search for Chomiak led initially to a case of mistaken identity (a peasant named Michael Chomiak who was born a day before the POI). By 1980, Chomiak was in retirement in Canada and had just four years left to live. Polish intelligence wasn’t able to recover all of the German Army records which after the war moved west along with Gassner and Chomiak, The papers Chomiak left behind after his death in Canada don’t reveal what he was doing with the Germans in the
2-year interval in Poland. Polish intelligence suspect Chomiak arrived in Cracow soon after Hans Frank became the governor, offering himself as an agent of influence to inform the Germans on what fellow Ukrainians and anti-Russian nationalists then active in and around Lviv were thinking and planning. His work as a journalist was likely a cover for espionage on behalf of the Germans.
Before Michael arrived in Canada he carried the name, Mykhailo. Here are the family photos. Please note Mykhailo is holding Chrystia’s mother, Halyma in one of them. You can also see a smiling Mykhailo dining with one of the Nazi occupiers of Warsaw:
And here is Grandpa Chomiak with the Nazi Press Chief for occupied Poland, Emil Gassner:
Chrystia Freeland has made no public statement, to my knowledge, rejecting the beliefs and actions of her grandfather. To the contrary, she has studiously ignored the clear evidence that Ukraine’s government harbors and protects modern day Nazis. She is fully on board with backing Ukraine’s war with Russia. She is like Horst von Wachter–willfully blind and unwilling to condemn her family’s dark roots.
Not surprisingly, Chrystia also embraces the agenda of George Soros. The following was posted on her social media. She arranged the meeting:
We are not responsible for what our ancestors did. But when we become aware of heinous acts by parents or grand parents I believe that the honorable course is to speak up and reject those actions and beliefs as incompatible with a free, democrat nation. Freeland insists this is Russian disinformation. It is not. The aphorism is proved true, a picture is worth a thousand words. In my view, Chrystia lacks honor.
Freeland’s in good company. Soros, a Jew and Nazi collaborator, got his start in business betraying fellow Jews to the Nazis for a share of the stolen loot.
ever wonder who they had in mind when they made this great film?
Larry Johnson says
Justin is doing his dictatorial leadership out of personal ethics. He’s had a good taste of authoritarianism with ‘covid’, the anti-trucker ’emergency’ with ex-post facto asset seizure and border regulations. He won’t stop either. Covid is the ‘crisis’ that keeps on letting dictator wanna bees take power. Speaking of Covid how many masks and vaccines did the West send to Ukraine? Are their hospitals being “overwhelmed” with cases like we saw in Biden’s glorious victory Afghanistan? Anyone in the press catch on yet?
This is not about mere lack of “honor”. Chrystia Freeland grew up in an environment of Ukrainian Nationalist extremism and, before her grandfather’s past gained wide currency, had spoken of the deep influence her grandfather had on her political outlook. One of her first jobs was as a researcher and writer for the Encyclopedia of Ukraine. This was the postwar life work of her grandfather’s associate and superior in Nazi occupied Cracow, Volodymyr Kubijovych. When the story about her grandfather’s past first broke she lied and deflected by dismissing the truth as Russian disinformation. In fact she had assisted her uncle John-Paul Himka in publishing a 1996 article that explicitly discussed a series of virulently anti-semitic articles published by her grandfather under Nazi direction. To nationalists like Freeland, collaboration and complicity with the Nazi’s are not a matter for apology or guilt.
I gree with you.
And I ask myself, why the past of the family of these kind of persons interest is not illuminated by the press. Here in Germany we have these newspapers, which are full of nothing else but gossip. But never anything relevant, like this. No need to say more, is there?
Normaly, as long as someone is open and selfreflective of the mistakes and or wrongs of their ancestors, it should be no problem. But this hiding is more than dishonorable, I think it to be directed missleading, as in a form of lie. And, in times as we are living in now, are the following questions allowed to be spoken out? Is it all to the effect of superelevation, to be a presentable “angel-like” beeing? Or are some of these people really trying to hide that they are the likeness of their forefathers and still working on the realization of the same goals as back then?
I do not know. but I want to! To take a closer look into the past of the people who want to lead is apparently necessery!!!
Here in Germany it is particularly bizarre, often enough I have to listen to the sentence: “All Germans were guilty and we as the grandchildren have to bear the guilt as well.”
What to say to that? I start mostly with: “Have you ever heard of the concept, that a new born child is without sin?”
I find, that the more complex the things are looking like, the easier it is to dismantle the seeming logic. But to think needs time, which people are stupidly wasting with what ever it is that they are overconsuming.
To be able to speak of the things that happened back then taught me, that I am not alone with this need. And it Makes a good topic for a consversation, never the less for some people it still is a toxic poison and to be avoided.
On my last Holiday I met a british couple, we spent an evening together and he told me that his father flew one of the brithsh bombers over my home town, dropping bombs. Which are being found everywhere, just today a 250 kg bomb was found, so a normal day in “Ruhr-Gebiet”. It was great to get thrue the “rubbish” of the past and to what matters, today and tomorrow. It was an evening to be remembered, very satisfying!
So thank you for the article, because this topic bothers me for a long time
D.E. Murray says
I understand – from Twitter, which swamp I read only because the media here in the US is awful – that Andriy Melnik’s admiration for Stepan Bandera is causing a major ruckus. We hear NOTHING about this in the US. Not a thing.
I’ve also heard that Melnik is a major pain in the ass otherwise, always begging for more and grousing that the Germans haven’t given enough. Is this true?
“I’ve also heard that Melnik is a major pain in the ass otherwise, always begging for more and grousing that the Germans haven’t given enough. Is this true?”
As far as I followed the media in Germany it is true. Melnik has put a lot of pressure on the Bundesregierung which is, backed by the green party, giving in to all the demands he makes. In the beginning our government was very cautious with the sending of weapons to Ukraine, the Bundeswehr planed to send only 5000 helmets. Now they get tanks, artillery systems, air defending systems, ammunition and the Ukraine soldiers are being trained on german soil. IN the past this kind of behavior would have been a reason to declare war for. But the leftist and naive politicians try to hide these viewpoints.
Funny is that the Ministry of Defence is telling us, that they are not sendig tanks, but armored vehicles with gun attachements, like big pipes on top. We call it kindergarten speech.
But the turning point has arrived. As you mentioned, Melnik gave an interview in which he is openly demonstrating his admiration of Stepan Bandera. As of the backlash of this ‘possible’ propogation of fascist ideology people were very sensible and even the established media made it a topic. As I read yesterday the Ukraine government is talking about sending another ambassador to Germany.
You find the interview here, but I could not find an english subtitle, it is 3 hours long and I do not know at what timeindex he speaks about the S. B. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVEGR7apzoI
Just to notice, in Germany the media narratives that there are no nazis or neonazis in Ukraine or the Ukraine government and most people believe that. Many people were pretty surprised to hear that there is admiration for people in Ukraine, which we ‘good’ germans thought to be ‘devils’ of the past.
The same with the shelling of civilians in the donbas, which ist happening by both sides. The OSCE is protocoling it since 2014 but no one knows, because there is no story in the media about it, except it is Ukraines territory that got hit. ( https://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/reports )
So I feel the same as you, the media in germany is also awfull. But there is an alternative media rising in Europe. there are pages that are filling the empty rivers of non information, which is giving the mainstream a hard time because more and more people are following the news with growing disbelieve.
I do not want to propagate any news portal, but if interested, I can give a few hints to find these pages. In this times the translation into english should be solvable. But as allways, be aware of nonsense, because one finds nonsense everywhere, not just in kindergarten.
One must realize that what one takes as “the unvarnished truth” was established at a Soviet show trial (aka The Nuremberg Trial). For example, one fact established there was that the evil Nazis kill tens of thousands of Polish officers in the Katyn Forest. Turns out the Soviet humanitarians actual did that one. Oopsie! Then there was the soap made from human fat story. Of course that was an old gimmick used in WW1 which was trotted out again. Prisoners were tortured in the Nuremberg Trial and family members were threatened unless they confessed to horrible acts. Mean while the crimes of the Allies were swept under the rug.
Here is an alternate view point for those that are actually interested in the truth. It may not be the truth. But investigating different perspectives can help one arrive at a point that is closer to the truth.
D.E. Murray says
The so-called Institute for Historical Review is a far-right, Holocaust-denial site.
Just saying. Larry: take note. Be careful of posters like this.
See my comment below.
it is obvious to everyone that this “gman” poster always posted either extremist views / links and insert govt narrative fake news woven among his many drivel.
Chrystia Freeland is also a member of the WEF Global Young Leaders, as are half the ministers in the cabinet of Justin Trudeau, according to his nibs himself, Klaus Schwab. At the start of the Ukraine skirmish she was photographed between two supporters of Ukraine holding the Blood and Soil banner, a favourite of Stephan Bandera followers. Following an outcry in the newspapers, the photo was replaced by an innocuous one on Twitter. UkroNazi? Make a wild guess.
I will do what I can to make sure this info reaches as many of my friends and contacts in Poland as possible. Thanks for this post.
The Institute for Historical Review is a historical revisionist organization much in the spirit of Harry Elmer Barnes. They do placeca lot of focus on trying to correct the record of WW2.
From both the tone and well referenced nature of the article I linked to, you can see that they are fairly careful and measured in their approach. They need to be because their findings often contradict the interest of powerful organizations with vested interests in the status quo narrative. In fact it is safe to say that the origins of “Cancel Culture” and the suppression of free speech finds their origins in these powerful, self serving organizations.
i apologised to larry johnson for my previous comments in other part of sonar21 blog. But it is this kind of nonsense post by gman that cause a rise in BS meter. It is like his task is to spread nonsense , FUD and govt narrative here due to his assignment from whatever 3 letter agencies he served under.
D.E. Murray says
“They do placeca lot of focus on trying to correct the record of WW2.”
It’s a Holocaust denial site. Mark Weber, the guy who runs it, is a known crank.
Larry Johnson says
If you are going to push Holocaust denial sites as legit research I will ban you. This is a warning.
I understand why you must do this. And I don’t hold it against you.
But I stand by Mark Weber. He is not a crank as Mr. Murray says. What is Holocaust denial? It is anyone who does not agree 100% with the sanctioned narrative. The site I linked to does not deny that many Jews died during the war(as did many others). The discussion is about the number and manner. The very fact that you can’t question a historical event says a lot about where the truth lies. The truth is not afraid of the light.
Words like Nazi and Holocaust denial are emotional triggers that have been trained into us through repeated exposure with negative imagery. This is a tool of propaganda. It shuts down the argument and tells other person to shut up. It is a great tool used to steer the Overton window in the direction that serves the powers that be.
That said I realize that you do not want this controversy on your site because you are taking on enough on controversy by pushing back against the current anti Russian narrative.
I only wish you would explore outside the Overton window with regards to WW2 since that false narrative is what has been used to start every war since that time.
D.E. Murray says
I’m not a huge fan of the SPLC but they get it right here:
Also, here is a long, academic debunking of Weber:
Larry Johnson says
Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Thank you for this article. My Ukrainian cousins in Canada were ecstatic when I forwarded it to them. Freeland is reviled in their household.
D.E. Murray says
That’s interesting – we need to hear from the silent Ukrainian majority who were not pro-German. Thanks.
HELMHOLTZ SMITH says
More on the subject. Lots of data and examples from grandfather’s newspaper. Warning: strong Trotskyite flavor
D.E. Murray says
The WSWS website is weird – mostly Trotskyite bilge, but they’ve been good on 1619 and Ukraine.
Thank you for this, the movie is on my watchlist to rent. Chrystia Freehand and Trudeau both sicken me.