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Don Hewitt   Letter 02   17-Jul-2002   Canada's REAL Dark Secret
Boastful torturer and murderer
Boastful torturer
and murderer
"By the time the Jew's face was turned into a bloody-hairy pulp, we were exhausted.  The Jew slumped to his knees, then fell flat on his face.  We shot him." Ivan Petrenko

17 July 2002
Don Hewitt
60 Minutes, CBS
524 West 57th Street
New York, NY    10019


Don Hewitt:

In my letter to Mike Wallace of 04-Jul-2002 titled Mike Wallace's Dark Secret, you will find my critique of your 02-Feb-1997 and 20-Jul-1997 broadcasts of the 60 Minutes story, Canada's Dark Secret.

The core of my critique is that the 60 Minutes accusation that Canada is a haven for Nazi war criminals is contradicted by the evidence, and that your star witness, Steven Rambam (or sometimes Rombom), has a reputation as a "classic bullshitter" and as a JDL "head breaker," and can lay claim to a conviction for terrorist activities and a stint in federal prison.  Perhaps the single statement (published seven years prior to your broadcast) which should have most emphatically warned you that trusting Steven Rambam was inadvisable is the credibility-shattering allegation that Steven Rambam is a violence-prone psychopath with a remarkable psychiatric history:

Steven Rombom was a particularly tragic example of the sort of psychopaths Kahane attracted to the JDL.  The violence-prone youth, who, according to court records spent eight years in psychiatric institutions from the age of six, joined the JDL when he was twelve years old over the frantic objections of his doctors and social workers who called JDL officials, begging them not to allow Rombom to get involved in the militant organization.
Robert I. Friedman, The False Prophet: Rabbi Meir Kahane, From FBI Informant to Knesset Member, Lawrence Hill Books, Brooklyn NY, 1990, p. 183.

Among the many other defects of Canada's Dark Secret that I have documented in that letter to Mike Wallace are that Canadian Jewish Congress representatives Irving Abella and Bernie Farber seized the unique opportunity afforded them of appearing before your 30-million-plus viewers to misrepresent the historical record concerning Canada's attitude toward Nazi war criminals.

As executive producer of 60 Minutes, you share with Mike Wallace responsibility for the Canada's Dark Secret broadcast, and you share with Mike Wallace the obligation to issue corrections and retractions.  Everything that I laid at Mike Wallace's feet in that letter to him, I lay at your feet also.

Canada does suffer from a defect concerning its treatment of war criminals, WW II and otherwise, but it is not the defect that you broadcast.  Let me explain what the real defect is by means of a WW II example, starting with the account below which is less of a confession than a boast by Ivan Petrenko, published in the Ukrainian language in the periodical Our View in Thornhill, Ontario on 05-May-1998, and which I translate as follows:

Volodya Kravchuk hit him first, in the solar plexus.  The Jew groaned, gripped his stomach with his hands, and doubled over like a folding knife.  Then followed a knee upper-cut to the face.  A sobbing was heard and the Jew started falling backwards.  But we didn't let him fall.  There were five of us.  We stood in a small circle and knocked him from one to another.  We struck silently with backhand blows, putting into them all our accumulated rage and hatred.  We struck viciously, probably like hunters striking huge and especially dangerous maddened beasts.  By the time the Jew's face was turned into a bloody-hairy pulp, we were exhausted.  The Jew slumped to his knees, then fell flat on his face.  We shot him.
Ivan Petrenko, "Music," Our View, 05-May-1998.

As the next stage in my demonstration, I ask you to imagine several things how the Canadian press responded to this boast by Ivan Petrenko, how Irving Abella and Bernie Farber of the Canadian Jewish Congress responded, and how Canadian prosecutors in the War Crimes unit responded.  Obviously, Ivan Petrenko's name has been bannered across the front pages of every Canadian newspaper from 1998 until today, obviously Irving Abella and Bernie Farber have attacked Ivan Petrenko with unrestrained fury, and obviously Ivan Petrenko himself has been extradited to Ukraine where he is being subjected to further prosecution.

As the final stage in my demonstration, I point out to you that the above Ivan Petrenko is fictional, and that no Ukrainian ever made the above statement, either as a confession or as a boast.  However, the Jew Israel Roitman did make that statement.  He did not make it as a confession, he made it as a boast.  The victim in his boast was not a Jew, the victim was a Ukrainian.  Israel Roitman did publish his boast in the Thornhill, Ontario, Russian-language periodical Our View on 05-May-1998, as you will find documented in my letter to Irving Abella of 28-Apr-2000 titled Please Change the Name of Your Committee.  That is not Ivan Petrenko's photograph at the top of this letter, it is Israel Roitman's.  What Israel Roitman really did say was the following:

Volodka Seliverstov hit him first, in the solar plexus.  The Banderite groaned, gripped his stomach with his hands, and doubled over like a folding knife.  Then followed a knee upper-cut to the face.  A sobbing was heard and the Banderite started falling backwards.  But we didn't let him fall.  There were five of us.  We stood in a small circle and knocked him from one to another.  We struck silently with backhand blows, putting into them all our accumulated rage and hatred.  We struck viciously, probably like hunters striking huge and especially dangerous maddened beasts.  By the time the Banderite's face was turned into a bloody-hairy pulp, we were exhausted.  The Banderite slumped to his knees, then fell flat on his face.  We shot him.
Israel Roitman, "Music," Our View, 05-May-1998.

What must be disturbing to those who want to believe that Canada is a democracy offering equality before the law and full enjoyment of both freedom of speech and of the press is that following Israel Roitman's boast on the pages of Our View, and following my documentation of that boast on ukar.org, not a single Canadian newspaper carried the story, not a single organization whether Jewish or Ukrainian or Anglo censured Israel Roitman, and no sign of investigation or prosecution emerged from Canada's war crimes unit.

Canada's real defect, then, is that it allocates its war crimes resources to prosecuting Ukrainians (Wasyl Odynsky, to take a recent example, as explained in an article by Peter Worthington, and in a letter by Marsha Skrypuch), and other East Europeans, for conjectured immigration infractions, while at the same time granting immunity from prosecution to all Jews, even those who publicly boast of torturing and murdering Ukrainians, even those who proudly include photographs of themselves to be published along with their boasts.  Canada is, in other words, a country in which I, and all Ukrainians, are relegated by the justice system to a status subordinate to Jews, and in which the press mostly refuses to come to our aid, and is quite incapable of acknowledging that Canadian justice is two-tiered, or rather multi-tiered, with Jews occupying the highest tier, and Ukrainians occupying the lowest.  That is Canada's shame and its disgrace.  That is Canada's REAL Dark Secret.  That is the story that you would not have needed a violence-prone psychopath, more profoundly acquainted with psychiatric institutions and with federal prisons than with truth, to confirm.

This same Steven Rambam that you featured on your Canada's Dark Secret happens to be suing me today in the Los Angeles Superior Court for defamation, a suit whose progress you can follow by typing in the case number BC271433 at the LA Superior Court web site.  Rambam is asking over 1.5 million US dollars.  I view this as a Jewish Show Trial, sharing characteristics with other Jewish Show Trials, as for example with the Jewish Show Trial of Michael Seifert, the Jewish Show Trial of Julius Viel, the Jewish Show Trial of Frank Walus, and of course the egregious Jewish Show Trial of John Demjanjuk.  What all these trials have in common is the Jewish imposition of obstacles blocking the possibility of an effective defense.  In my case, the obstacle to an effective defense is the bringing of the suit in a distant forum, such that my mounting even a minimal defense, and even winning the case, would result in no better than the Pyrrhic victory of bankruptcy.  I will avoid the long digression needed to document the tactics used in Jewish show trials, but I will pause long enough to demonstrate one of the reasons why even the trial of Adolf Eichmann must be viewed as nothing better than a Jewish Show Trial:

German witnesses for the defense were excluded from the outset, since they would have exposed themselves to arrest and prosecution in Israel under the same law as that under which Eichmann was tried.  (p. 114)
The documentary evidence was supplemented by testimony taken abroad, in German, Austrian, and Italian courts, from sixteen witnesses who could not come to Jerusalem, because the Attorney General had announced that he "intended to put them on trial for crimes against the Jewish people."  (p. 200)
It quickly turned out that Israel was the only country in the world where defense witnesses could not be heard [...].  (p. 201)
Justice was more seriously impaired in Jerusalem than it was at Nuremberg, because the court did not admit witnesses for the defense.  In terms of the traditional requirements for fair and due process of law, this was the most serious flaw in the Jerusalem proceedings.  (p. 251)
Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A report on the banality of evil, Viking Press, New York, 1963.

In his suit, Steven Rambam complains of only two of my Internet publications my letter to Irving Abella of 30-Apr-2000 titled The Rambam-Abella Fifty Confessions Hoax, and my letter to himself, Steven Rambam, of 13-Mar-2002, titled Steven Rambam shakedown for $25,000 (he had less to be indignant about then than he has now, and for that reason, and perhaps others as well, was asking the more modest sum).  My other Internet publications which reflect on himself, Steven Rambam, he chooses not to include in his suit, publications such as my letter to him of 25-Mar-2002 titled The Jewish show trial of Julius Viel, and my letter to Mike Wallace of 04-Jul-2002 titled Mike Wallace's Dark Secret.

Steven Rambam does not say what exactly it is that he objects to in those two letters of mine that he cites in his suit, but as the most damaging thing that I do say about him is that he in fact tape-recorded no confessions of Nazi war crimes at all during his visits to Canada, and that his project is a hoax which I refer to as the Fifty-Confessions Hoax, I have to assume, until persuaded otherwise, that it is that accusation which rankles him.

If the Steven Rambam litigation should ever reach a point where its merits need to be debated in a court of law, I hope you will be persuaded by my invitation to appear as a witness who is able to throw light on whether Rambam's fifty confessions are real or imaginary, as I perceive the Fifty-Confessions Hoax to be not Steven Rambam's alone, but also your hoax, and Mike Wallace's hoax, and Irving Abella's, and F. David Radler's, and Moshe Ronen's, and Bernie Farber's hoax.

I look forward as well to establishing your credibility in the eyes of the court by reviewing the veracity of a sampling of your productions, of which Canada's Dark Secret might be only one out of seven:

  1. Out of Control (Ed Bradley),
  2. Poison in Your Mouth (Morley Safer),
  3. The French Paradox (Morley Safer),
  4. Sharks Don't Get Cancer (Mike Wallace),
  5. The Ugly Face of Freedom (Morley Safer),
  6. The Connection (Steve Kroft), and
  7. Canada's Dark Secret (Mike Wallace).




Lubomyr Prytulak


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