TORONTO (May 2, 2018) – Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is monitoring today’s court appearance concerning former Nazi interpreter Helmut Oberlander as he appeals the latest revocation of his Canadian citizenship.
The federal government stripped the 94-year-old Oberlander of his citizenship for the fourth time on June 20, 2017 for allegedly failing to disclose his wartime involvement with the Nazis upon settling in Canada. FSWC strongly supports the government’s attempts to revoke Oberlander’s Canadian status.
“We urge the court to come down on the side of justice,” said FSWC President and CEO Avi Benlolo. “No amount of years or court appeals can erase the atrocities Mr. Oberlander helped commit as part of the Nazi war machine.”
The Simon Wiesenthal Center has Oberlander on its annual list of the Most Wanted Nazi War Criminals for having served in the Nazi death squad, Einstazkommando 10a, which is estimated to have killed 23,000 civilians – most of which were Jews.
FSWC is committed to educating Canadians of all ages and backgrounds about the consequences of the Holocaust to ensure these atrocities never happen again.