September 23, 2021
Toronto, ON – On September 20th, Helmut Oberlander died in Waterloo, Ontario, after successfully manipulating Canada’s legal system to avoid accountability and deportation for 26 years. He concealed his wartime service in a mobile Nazi death squad. For many years, CIJA was active in ongoing community efforts to remove him from Canada.
In response to his death, Shimon Koffler Fogel, President and CEO, CIJA, issued the following statement:
“Mr. Oberlander’s death ends the final chapter in his obscene abuse of Canada’s justice system. A former member of a Nazi mobile killing squad, Oberlander manipulated Canada’s legal system to avoid accountability. He should have been deported decades ago to face justice in Germany.
To honor Canadians’ collective commitment to “never again”, we call for a thorough review of the immigration and refugee system as it pertains to suspected war criminals, so that those alleged to have committed the most atrocious of crimes cannot evade judgment. This travesty of justice should never be allowed to occur again in Canada.”