A controversial memorial being built in Canada to honor victims of communist regimes has reportedly received donations in the name of Nazi collaborators and war criminals. The monument is chiefly funded by the federal government.

The Memorial to the Victims of Communism, which is under construction in Ottawa, has received letters of support from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other political figures. Former PM Stephen Harper and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney have backed the project as well.

In addition to receiving an estimated Can$7.5 million (US$5.96 million) in public funds, the ‘Tribute to Liberty’ charity running the troubled project has also solicited private donations of $1,000 each through a “buy-a-brick” campaign that dedicates a “virtual brick” to alleged victims of communism.

A list of some 600 victims is being drawn up by the charity and the Department of Canadian Heritage to be included in the memorial. However, a list published online by the group reportedly features known fascists with donor groups apparently attempting to “sanitize” their records.

Virtual bricks have been purchased in the names of Ante Pavelić, the leader of the Nazi puppet Ustaša regime that ran the Independent State of Croatia during World War II. Other prominent Ustaša officials Mile Budak and Ivan Oršanić were also included in the list.

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Pavelić has been described as the chief perpetrator of the Holocaust in the Balkans. Under Ustaša rule, an estimated 32,000 Jews, 25,000 Roma and 330,000 Serbs were killed.

Although references to Pavelić and Budak have since been removed from the list, they were apparently described simply as a “doctor of laws” and “poet” respectively by the donor group, the General Committee of United Croats of Canada, when making their contribution. (RT)