FSWC Welcomes Supreme Court Decision to Not Hear Oberlander Appeal

December 5, 2019

Media Statement

Toronto (December 5, 2019) - Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) welcomes today’s decision by the Supreme Court of Canada to not hear the appeal of Helmut Oberlander, a former member of a Nazi death squad.

In its judgment today, the Supreme Court dismissed Oberlander’s application for leave to appeal from the judgment of the Federal Court of Appeal that dismissed his motion to revisit his case after his citizenship was revoked by the Government of Canada for the fourth time.

"This is a critical moment in the case of Oberlander because the Canadian government is now one step closer to being able to deport an individual who not only lied about his wartime activities to enter Canada but was also a member of a Nazi death squad responsible for the deaths of innocent men, women and children in Eastern Europe," said FSWC president and CEO Avi Benlolo. "Far too many Nazis have managed to get away with murder, live relatively normal lives and enjoy the freedom their victims were robbed of during the Holocaust. While justice in this case is long overdue, it is not too late for justice to be served."

Media Contact:

Avital Borisovsky
Associate Director, Communications
416-864-9735 ext. 29

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