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The letter begins by stating: “The Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress have been campaigning against the plans of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg to mount a permanent Holocaust gallery.” Not true. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress has called for an inclusive and equitable Museum that would include both Holocaust and Holodomor galleries. UCCLA says all 12 zones in the CMHR should be thematic, comparative and inclusive. It says both the Holodomor and Holocaust should have permanent displays in a thematic gallery dealing with genocide as a crime against humanity.

The letter continues with a completely irrelevant and grossly misleading digression regarding the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA in its Ukrainian acronym) and the 14th Grenadier Division of the Waffen SS ‘Galicia’ (1st Ukrainian), which was renamed the First Division of the National Army of Ukraine. The authors attempt to bridge this digression with the incredible statement: “What we object to is the dishonest manner in which the UCCLA and UCC have distorted historical accounts of the Holodomor while at the same time refusing to acknowledge the Ukrainian nationalist movement’s role in the Holocaust.”

But, seriously, who’s being dishonest here?

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