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.”