Apr 25, 2012 – 11:58 PM ET nationalpost.com
Ottawa to re-examine former Nazi’s past after evidence emerges linking him to 1943 massacre
Stewart Bell

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson and Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney told a group of Holocaust survivors on Wednesday the government would re-examine the case of a Nazi collaborator living near Montreal, according to a participant in the meetings.

The Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre brought the four Holocaust survivors to Ottawa to urge the ministers to take action against Vladimir Katriuk after new evidence surfaced implicating the 90-year-old Quebecer in a wartime massacre of villagers in Eastern Europe.

The survivors, including former prisoners of the Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps, asked the ministers to bring Nazi war criminals to justice within their lifetimes. They gave the ministers copies of a just-published academic paper that described Mr. Katriuk’s alleged role in the 1943 Khatyn massacre.

“Clearly the research that we presented is new information and I think that they have to analyze it but they have committed to us that they will do so,” said Avi Benlolo, president and CEO of the Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre. “They will look at it and they will get the wheels in motion to bring it back to the forefront before it’s too late.”