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Ukraine Has a Minute of Silence in Honor of Symon Petliura, a Pogromist Who Killed 50,000 Jews

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Roman Shukhevych's Einsatzgruppe Nachtigall (Nachtigall Battalion) in action in Lvov in 1941. The cadre was part of the UPA.

COMMENT: The already epic  fascist historical revisionism in Ukraine has been significantly augmented. The country had a minute of silence in honor of Symon Petliura [7], a pogromist butcher whose cadre killed 50,000 Jews in the immediate aftermath of World War I.

The point man for Ukrainian fascist revisionism–Volodomyr Viatrovych [8]–has moved to re-name two streets in honor of OUN/B leader Stephan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych, the leader of the UPA, OUN/B’s military wing.

“Ukraine Hon­ors Nation­al­ist whose Troops Killed 50,000 Jews” [Jewish Telegraphic Agency]; Times of Israel; [9] 5/31/2016. [9]

Coun­try for the first time observes a minute of silence in mem­ory of Symon Petliura, a 1920s states­man killed by a Russia-born Jew

Amid a divi­sive debate in Ukraine on state hon­ors for nation­al­ists viewed as respon­si­ble for anti-Semitic pogroms, the coun­try for the first time observed a minute of silence in mem­ory of Symon Petliura, a 1920s states­man blamed for the mur­der of 50,000 Jew­ish compatriots. 

The minute was observed on May 25, the 90th anniver­sary of Petliura’s assas­si­na­tion in Paris. National tele­vi­sion chan­nels inter­rupted their pro­grams and broad­cast the image of a burn­ing can­dle for 60 sec­onds, Ukraine’s Fed­eral News Agency reported.

A French court acquit­ted Sholom Schwartzbard, a Russia-born Jew, of the mur­der even though he admit­ted to it after the court found that Petliura had been involved in, or knew of, pogroms by mem­bers of his mili­tia fight­ing for Ukrain­ian inde­pen­dence from Rus­sia in the years 1917–1921. Fif­teen of Schwartzbard’s rel­a­tives per­ished in the pogroms.

Sep­a­rately, the direc­tor of Ukraine’s Insti­tute of National Remem­brance, Vladimir Vya­tro­vich, said in a state­ment on Mon­day that Kiev will soon name a street for two other Ukrain­ian nation­al­ists — Stepan Ban­dera and Roman Shukhevych — who are widely believed to be respon­si­ble for lethal vio­lence against Jews. Another street is to be named for Janusz Kor­czak, the pen name of Hen­ryk Gold­szmit, a Pol­ish Jew­ish teacher who was mur­dered in Auschwitz.

Ban­dera and Shukhevych col­lab­o­rated with Nazi forces that occu­pied what is now Ukraine and are believed to have com­manded troops that killed thou­sands of Jews. Once regarded by Ukrain­ian author­i­ties as ille­git­i­mate to serve as national role mod­els because of their war crimes against Jews and Poles, Petliura, Ban­dera and Shukhevych are now openly hon­ored in Ukraine fol­low­ing a rev­o­lu­tion spear­headed by nation­al­ists in 2014.

Eduard Dolin­sky, direc­tor of the Ukrain­ian Jew­ish Com­mit­tee, con­demned the plan to name streets for Ban­dera and Shukhevych.

“My coun­try­men should know that Ban­dera and Shukhevych con­sid­ered me and all of the Ukrain­ian Jews — chil­dren, women, the elderly — ene­mies of Ukraini­ans,” he wrote on Facebook. . . .