The following is offered in rebuttal to a Feb. 25 blog from Citizen writer David Pugliese entitled “Nazi whitewash gathers momentum as memory of the Holocaust fades”:
The crimes of all totalitarian regimes that engage in genocide, repression, corruption and the abuse of human rights should be condemned in the strongest terms possible – none more so, of course, than the Holocaust.
Grounded in the importance of this memory and message, we must be aware of and reject any attempts to cynically take advantage of historical issues by those who seek to divide our communities within Canada and to influence Canada’s foreign policy towards NATO and nations in Central and Eastern Europe. Marcus Kolga’s recent work for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute has shone light on Kremlin attempts to do just that. Yet in his recent blog on the topic for the Citizen, David Pugliese attempts to characterize this as a kind of Holocaust denial.
Distortion of historical narratives and the use of “fascist” labels were cynically employed as an instrument of Soviet propaganda throughout the Cold War. Anyone who resisted or criticized the Soviet regime or its policies in the West was at risk of being branded a “fascist” in efforts to discredit them. Such tactics weren’t only limited to human rights and political activists; many Canadian ethnic groups who fled the Soviet Union were so labelled, in efforts to marginalize their voices and their impact on national debates.
valimisteemaline rahvakoosolek näitas globaalsete eestlaste tähtsust, kirjutab väliseestlane Juku Gold.
Eelmisel pühapäeval, 10. veebruaril osales seitse Eesti erakondade esindajat Toronto Eesti Maja rahvakoosoleku arutelul, valmistudes tänavu märtsis toimuvateks riigikogu valimisteks. Arutelu keskendus sellele, kuidas Eesti valitsus võiks väliseestlaste ja nende kogukondadega paremini suhelda ning kuidas säilitada ja tugevdada nende eestlust ning sidemeid Eestiga.
Välismaal elab umbes 200 000 eestlast, nende hulgas on palju neid, kelle esivanemad põgenesid Nõukogude okupatsiooni eest või emigreerusid Eestist juba varem. Nad on loonud keskusi, koole, noortelaagreid, kirikuid, festivale ja teisi organisatsioone, mis aktiivselt edendavad ja toetavad eesti pärandit. Kuigi paljud neist eestlastest on Eesti kodakondsusega – kaasa arvatud need, kelle esivanemad on juba aastakümneid tagasi riigist lahkunud – on valimisaktiivsus vaatamata digitaalsele hääletusvõimalusele kahjuks madal.
Einar Sanden author of ‘Mitme näo ja nimega’ (With many faces and names) 1978, met with Tuldava-Haman in 1995 in Tallinn’s Old Town. Sanden’s book, published 17 years earlier is about Tudava-Haman. It includes details about his recruitment, his work for the MGB before being sent to Sweden and many other facts about the Soviet operative which are difficult to refute.
It’s inevitable that Tuldava-Haman categorically denied any accusations about being tasked by the MGB/KGB. But Tuldava-Haman’s insistence that he was rewarded upon his return with a faculty position at Tartu University was due this distinguished work as a scholar is not totally believable. However, had he not been a valuable asset for Soviet intelligence while abroad he surely would have been convicted of treason and served an appropriate sentence, given his public stance as an authentic anti-Soviet activist - one who was able to embellish speeches and articles with personal experience with Communist tyranny.
(This segment follows the previous one of this series published in the November 30, 2018 issue.)
Juhan Tuldava-Artur Haman, a KGB operative sent to Sweden, tasked with penetrating Estonian-Swedish organizations, was able to visit the USA ostensibly to participate in a congress of linguists. While there CIA representatives Karqvist and Brown meet with him every single day in a Washington hotel room.
Although Tuldava-Haman has described these meetings as being a frantic attempt by the CIA to recruit him, the CIA provided a distinctly different understanding of the meetings. On November 8, 1962, Juhan Kangur, the president of the Estonian National Committee in the USA, at an executive meeting in New York stated that US government officials had informed him of Tuldava-Haman’s connections to Soviet intelligence. He had left the country six weeks earlier. The meeting decided to convey the same message to the Estonian-Swedish national organization.
During the same month the Estonian-Swedish central organization REE held its general elections for its council. Tuldava-Haman was one candidate in a field of 146 of which 100 become elected. He was successful. However suspicions about his reasons for 'defecting' to Sweden had spread throughout the community.
Tuldava-Haman claims that he was forced to return to Soviet-occupied Estonia due to the slander and libel campaign initiated by CIA agents within Estonian-Swedish organizations. Others claim that the KGB recalled its operative due to his exposure which rendered him ineffective as a clandestine operative.
Before departing Tuldava-Haman explained to a couple of trusted friends that he had to access various scholastic research materials in different West European cities. Thus he first appeared in Helsinki, where he was in contact with KGB foreign intelligence officers. He avoided his old friends while there.
Eesti Elu Nr. 26 - 3. juuli 2020 DIGILEHT
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