Our sincere thanks to Mr. Paul Fromm for the following news of the passing of fellow Canadian Barbara Kulazska. We learnt of Barbara’s courage and loyalty from Mr. Doug Christie and his wife Keltie when they were in Australia.
On June 15, 2017 we lost lawyer Barbara Kulazska to lung cancer at age 64. Barbara was one of the most important free speech lawyers of her generation. She worked closely with Douglas Christie in Zundel 11, in the Zundelsite case and did fantastic work with Marc Lemire in fighting Richard Warman and getting Sec. 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act (Internet censorship) declared unconstitutional.
However, the dark forces of thought control and censorship could not leave this formidable woman alone in death. The Canadian Association for Free Expression organized a private memorial on July 12 at the Richview Branch of the Toronto Public Library. Word leaked out on July 10. The enemies of free speech -- Warren Kinsella, a major antagonist in the YOUR WARD NEWS mailing rights appeal, Richard Warman (many of whose libel case victims she had defended), the usual Jewish pro-censorship groups, Bernie Farber, assorted street thugs and even John Tory, Mayor of Toronto, demanded that the memorial be cancelled.
The library hung tough and laid on extra security. A senior manager sat in to make sure there was no “hate speech” (What a pathetic nation we’ve become!) Metro Police sent three masked Antifa street urchins, one allegedly a masked female, packing. The emotional farewell proceeded quietly and respectfully…”
In Australia’s case: The Australian War Crimes Act violated general principles of the Rule of Law
1st December 2000, https://alor.org/Volume36/Vol36No47.htm
“Upon asking an old friend if the Australian/Latvian communities were helping Konrad Kalejs in any way - even moral support - I was told he didn’t know, but he was not getting involved. He went on to justify his stand by reinforcing how he felt about Communism. Of course! he was as ‘anti-communist’ as ever, “and wrote letters to the papers, even to the Latvian papers”, but on the issue of ‘war crimes’ and Konrad Kalejs he didn’t want to get involved.
When asked what was the situation back in Latvia he informed me that with the collapse of Communism, the former-KGB-mafia had taken over the collective farms, industries and other state-owned enterprises, claiming them as their own (‘privatised’ them) and these same political gangsters were the ‘neocapitalists’ - the ‘new’ ruling elite. In which case, what my old friend couldn’t, or wouldn’t see, was the same political gangsters are in control of Latvia, as before, and Mr. Kalejs’ hope of a fair hearing and justice would have ‘buckley’s’.
My old friend may be ‘anti-communist’ but I am not sure that he is ‘pro-justice’. I now understand what Christ meant when he said, “... And whatever measure you deal out to others will be dealt back to you...” If we Australians - including my old Latvian friend - do not care about the plight of Mr. Kalejs, then the time will come when Australians could come under such ‘international’ legislation and come before the same type of political gangsters in positions of power - and who will care about us?
Having closely followed the Adelaide ‘war crimes’ trial, and later acquittal, of Mr. Ivan Polyukhovich I can say it was with a sense of thankfulness I knew he lived out the rest of his life in peace. That the man was charged with such ‘crimes’ let alone brought before the courts was a great injustice. I attended as many days of the committal hearings as possible and, sadly, counted so few from the ‘captive nations’ association publicly giving him and his wife moral support….”
Mr. Douglas Christie, the barrister who defended Hungarian/Canadian Imre Finta, the first person to be charged with ‘war crimes’ in the western world warned us, “There is no end to the tactics of the enemies of freedom and justice. They never sleep. They never quit. When one old man like Mr. Finta is finally vindicated after years of legal battles... they just push for appeal and start a new attack. Those who love freedom and justice must be just as determined... We owe it to God, our heritage, ourselves, and our descendants to maintain forever just laws and a just application of laws.”…”
At the time of Australia’s ‘War Crimes’ Trials, OT reported:
The War Crimes legislation is extra-territorial. The persons charged were citizens of other countries at the time these alleged acts took place and Australian law - even if there had been War Crimes legislation at the time - had no jurisdiction over them. Not only that, they were bound by the laws of the country they resided in. We protested about that…
“The War Crimes legislation is selective; it does not cover the Japanese theatre of war ‘... (whether not involving Australia or a country allied or associated with Australia in so far as it occurred in Europe in the period beginning on September. 1, 1939, and ending on May 8, 1945’) War Crimes Act 1945.”
… Japanese soldiers committed terrible atrocities against our own Australian soldiers and yet are exempt! We protested that the legislation was selective. “Following orders is no defence and yet our own soldiers were liable for punishment if they did not follow orders - what humbug!”
FREEDOM ESSENTIAL IN PURSUIT OF TRUTH
Of course our memories of that Christian gentleman, Doug Christie and his wife Keltie’s visit to Australia in late 1991 cannot be skimmed over and forgotten. The following is from The New Times, November 1991:
“Guest of honour, Canadian barrister Mr. Douglas Christie, delivered a magnificent address in defence of the Christian concept of justice with its roots in the Common Law. Veteran supporters agreed that the address was one of the greatest ever heard at a New Times Dinner, with a deeply appreciative audience responding with an enthusiastic standing ovation. Freedom was essential in the pursuit of truth, said Doug Christie, who warned that Australians were threatened with the same loss of freedom being experienced by Canadians.
Canadian barrister Douglas Christie warned us:
“In order to constitute the war crime, the orders that were given had to be unlawful and therefore all others that followed similar orders (or that were involved, even by omitting to resist similar orders) are tarred with the same brush.
The legal process identified the whole of the ethnic community with the commission of international offences. It is a very big mistake to think it is just an attack on the individual. The public perception will gradually be created that all those in the country where the crimes are alleged to have been committed and were not communists and were not resisting government orders of the day, all will be tarred with the same brush and liable to be charged with war crimes or crimes against humanity. After all, they carried out different parts of the same legal process!
“The choice of prosecution is strictly political and our stand was taken to bring attention to the injustice of the war crimes trials.”
Paul Fromm recalled:
Doug dedicated his life to the nearly thankless task of fighting for the free speech rights of everyone from Indian Chief David Ahenakew to a coterie of Christians, Germans, East Europeans, revisionists, skeptics and individualists who refused to be commissared.
Mr. Christie went on to represent dissidents, the marginal and the nearly defenseless.
Among his most spectacular victories was the 1990 acquittal of Hungarian-Canadian restauranteur Imre Finta, who had been arrested on trumped-up war crimes’ charges.
Doug was ably assisted in the Finta case by the equally courageous attorney Barbara Kulaszka.
Michael Hoffman summed up the character of Douglas Christie and I am sure speaks for all who have met Doug Christie and his lovely wife Keltie:
“Doug is one of the finest men and purest souls it has been my privilege to know. He went far beyond being Ernst’s attorney. He became his friend and a defender of the German people as a whole. A lesser man would have been broken by the stress and the media libel. Doug relished the challenge and stepped into history’s spotlight chasing destiny.”
“VENGEANCE ISN’T JUSTICE “
An example of Mr. Doug Christie’s clarity of expression which made such an impression on Australian audiences, is his concluding remarks in his summing up in the Finta trial:
“In a manner you have been asked to sit in judgment, both on the government of Hungary and upon a man seated in the court. In fact, that is ultimately what you will have to do, but in doing so, your judgment upon the facts and the law will affect far more than you realise, because obviously millions of dollars have been spent in pursuit, in my submission of a futile and unjustified exercise.
“Every human being has the right to be presumed innocent in this country until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
How very trite, isn’t it? But at the very core of it is the understanding that no one should be convicted unless it is morally right.
“Now, it was a tragic mistake and a very painful experience for the Jews to be deported from Hungary at the end of the war, it probably was a nightmare in those cars, and the war for many people was a nightmare. Thank God we didn’t and haven’t experienced that, but you know, two wrongs don’t make a right and whatever happened to Hungarian Jews cannot be undone, but what happens to Imre Finta can be done by you, so it is a terrific responsibility and a tough job.
“You have sat here and listened to, what I say to you, was absurd from one end to the other. This country has been given a very ample and thorough hearing to this evidence. You sit in judgment over Imre Finta, and what the Hungarian government did in 1944, a government that was defeated and so therefore it is much easier to judge and condemn, and for whom there are many witnesses to judge without condemnation.
“It is so seldom that victors ever apply international law against themselves. It seems a practice of states that win wars to judge those who lose them, and condemn people who serve those states that lose.
“So as you sit in judgment on Imre Finta, consider that the God who is referred to in the Bible you swore an oath on, judges all of us too, and vengeance isn’t justice. Those people who came here for malice towards Mr. Finta after 45 years were expressing vengeance against a man who represented to them a system they didn’t like. And for good cause they didn’t like that system. But vengeance has a bad habit of being a circle, and in one book it is said, if you sow the wind, you reap the whirlwind, and people who pursue vengeance often find it comes around and hits them later — and it’s not just them either.
“The way to stop circles of vengeance and circles of hate and viciousness, is not more viciousness or more cruelty, it is less. It isn’t to perpetuate hate from one time to another against some other old person, but it is to stop hate, and in that sense, it is true that as we judge, we are judged. As we give, we receive and so the judgment you give, you will give on behalf of all of us, and it will be also the judgment that we get from God and history.
The story of the historic Canadian war crime trial, told in The Path of Legal Warfare, in which Doug Christie was the successful defence barrister, is available from Heritage Books.