The Jewish supremacist B’nai Brith Canada is urging a Greater Toronto Area municipality to rename a street dedicated to a National Socialist battleship captain who fought in the Second World War.
Langsdorff Drive, located in Ajax, Ontario, was named in 2007 after Hans Langsdorff, who commanded German forces at the 1939 Battle of the River Plate. The Town of Ajax is named after the HMS Ajax, a British ship that took part in the engagement.
After losing the encounter, Langsdorff scuttled his ship off the coast of Argentina, allowing its crew to escape rather than face the British fleet again. He then shot himself, leaving a suicide note in which he remarked: “I shall face my fate with firm faith in the cause and the future of the nation and of my Führer.”
B’nai Brith’s position is that “there is no room for monuments or other dedications in Canada honouring Nazi combatants or their collaborators”.
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