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Ukrainian City of Lvov [Lviv] Commemorates World War II Pogrom, Death of U.S. Nazi

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COMMENT: June 30th has been estab­lished as a com­mem­o­ra­tive cel­e­bra­tion in Lvov [Lviv]. It was on June 30, 1941, when the OUN‑B announced an inde­pen­dent Ukrain­ian state in the city of Lviv. That same day marked the start of the Lviv Pograms that led to the death of thou­sands of Jews.

June 30th is also the birth­day of Roman Shukhevych, com­man­der of the Nachti­gall Bat­tal­ion that car­ried out the mass killings. The city of Lviv is start­ing “Shukhevy­ch­fest” to be held in Lviv on June 30th, com­mem­o­rat­ing the pogrom and Shukhevy­ch’s birth­day. Shukhevych was named a “Hero of the Ukraine” by Vik­tor Yuschenko.

In past posts and pro­grams, we have dis­cussed Volodomir Vya­tro­vich, head of the Orwellian Insti­tute of Nation­al Remem­brance. He defend­ed Shukhevych and the pub­lic dis­play­ing of the sym­bol of the Gali­cian Divi­sion (14th Waf­fen SS Divi­sion.)

In oth­er, pre­vi­ous dis­cus­sions of the return of Ukrain­ian fas­cism, we not­ed that the Svo­bo­da Par­ty’s mili­tia is called Com­bat 14, named after the “14 words” mint­ed by David Lane, the Amer­i­can neo-Nazi who par­tic­i­pat­ed in the killing of Den­ver talk show host Allan Berg.

He passed away on June 30th, trig­ger­ing numer­ous demon­stra­tions, includ­ing sev­er­al in Ukraine.

June 30th appears to be a par­tic­u­lar­ly sig­nif­i­cant day for the OUN/B suc­ces­sors and Nazis who are in pow­er in Ukraine.

We also note, in pass­ing, the silence of the Israeli gov­ern­ment in this regard. Indi­vid­ual Jews and Israelis have tak­en note of the resur­gence of the OUN/B and the UPA, with all of their lethal his­tor­i­cal prej­u­dices. The Netanyahu gov­ern­ment, in par­tic­u­lar, has main­tained an elo­quent and reveal­ing silence.

“Ukraine City to Hold Fes­ti­val in Hon­or of Nazi Col­lab­o­ra­tor Whose Troops Killed Jews”; Jew­ish Tele­graph Agency; 06/28/2017

The Ukrain­ian city of Lviv will hold a fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing a Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tor on the anniver­sary of a major pogrom against the city’s Jews.

Shukhevy­ch­fest, an event named for Roman Shukhevych fea­tur­ing music and the­ater shows, will be held Fri­day.

Eduard Dolin­sky, the direc­tor of the Ukrain­ian Jew­ish Com­mit­tee, in a state­ment called the event “dis­grace­ful.”

On June 30, 1941, Ukrain­ian troops, includ­ing mili­ti­a­men loy­al to Shukhevych’s, began a series of pogroms against Jews, which they per­pe­trat­ed under the aus­pices of the Ger­man army, accord­ing to Yale Uni­ver­si­ty his­to­ry pro­fes­sor Tim­o­thy Sny­der and oth­er schol­ars. They mur­dered approx­i­mate­ly 6,000 Jews in those pogroms.

The day of the fes­ti­val is the 110th birth­day of Shukhevych, a leader of the OUN‑B nation­al­ist group and lat­er of the UPA insur­gency mili­tia, which col­lab­o­rat­ed with the Nazis against the Sovi­et Union before it turned against the Nazis.

Shukhevy­ch­fest is part of a series of ges­tures hon­or­ing nation­al­ists in Ukraine fol­low­ing the 2014 rev­o­lu­tion, in which nation­al­ists played a lead­ing role. They brought down the gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Vik­tor Yanukovuch, whose crit­ics said was a cor­rupt Russ­ian stooge.

On June 13, a Kiev admin­is­tra­tive court par­tial­ly upheld a motion by par­ties opposed to the ven­er­a­tion of Shukhevych in the city and sus­pend­ed the renam­ing of a street after Shukhevych. The city coun­cil approved the renam­ing ear­li­er this month.

In a relat­ed debate, the direc­tor of Ukraine’s Insti­tute of Nation­al Remem­brance, Vladimir Vya­tro­vich, who recent­ly described Shukhevych as an “emi­nent per­son­al­i­ty,” last month defend­ed the dis­play­ing in pub­lic of the sym­bol of the Gali­cian SS divi­sion. Respon­si­ble for count­less mur­ders of Jews, Nazi Germany’s most elite unit was com­prised of Ukrain­ian vol­un­teers.

Dis­play­ing Nazi sym­bols is ille­gal in Ukraine but the Gali­cian SS division’s sym­bol is “in accor­dance with the cur­rent leg­is­la­tion of Ukraine,” Vya­tro­vich said. . . .

“Fas­cist For­ma­tions in Ukraine” by Peter Lee; Coun­ter­Punch; 3/15/2015.

The Guardian pub­lished an adu­la­to­ry fea­ture on “The Women Fight­ing on the Front­line in Ukraine”.

One of the women pro­filed was “Ana­con­da”, fight­ing in the Aidar Bat­tal­ion bankrolled by Igor Kolo­moisky:

Ana­con­da was giv­en her nick­name by a unit com­man­der, in a jok­ing ref­er­ence to her stature and pow­er. The baby-faced 19-year-old says that her moth­er is very wor­ried about her and phones sev­er­al times a day, some­times even dur­ing com­bat. She says it is bet­ter to always answer, as her moth­er will not stop call­ing until she picks up.

“In the very begin­ning my moth­er kept say­ing that the war is not for girls,” Ana­con­da says. “But now she has to put up with my choice. My dad would have come to the front him­self, but his health does not allow him to move. He is proud of me now.”

Ana­con­da was pho­tographed in com­bat dress res­olute­ly hold­ing an assault rifle in front of a rather decrepit van.

The cap­tion read:

“Ana­con­da says she is being treat­ed well by the men in her bat­tal­ion, but is hop­ing that the war will end soon.”

As report­ed by the gad­fly site Off­Guardian, sev­er­al read­ers post­ed crit­i­cal obser­va­tions on the van’s insignia in the com­ments sec­tion of the piece. One, “bananasand­socks”, wrote: “We learn from Wikipedia that the image on the door is the “semi-offi­cial” insignia of the 36th Waf­fen Grenadier Divi­sion of the SS…” and also point­ed out the neo-Nazi sig­nif­i­cance of the num­ber “1488”.

“bananasand­socks” seem­ing­ly tem­per­ate com­ment was removed by the Guardian for vio­lat­ing its com­mu­ni­ty stan­dards, as were sev­er­al oth­ers, appar­ent­ly as exam­ples of “per­sis­tent mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Guardian and our jour­nal­ists”.

But then the Guardian thought bet­ter of it. While not rein­stat­ing the crit­i­cal com­ments, it qui­et­ly delet­ed the orig­i­nal cap­tion to the pho­to of Ana­con­da and replaced it with:

Ana­con­da along­side a van dis­play­ing the neo-Nazi sym­bol 1488. The vol­un­teer brigade is known for its far-right links.

Prob­lem solved? Maybe not. Maybe it’s more like “Prob­lem dodged”. Specif­i­cal­ly, the prob­lem of the per­va­sive par­tic­i­pa­tion of “ultra-right” para­mil­i­tary ele­ments in Kyiv mil­i­tary oper­a­tions, which even intrudes upon the Guardian’s efforts to put a lib­er­al-friend­ly fem­i­nist sheen on the deba­cle of the recent ATO in east­ern Ukraine.

As to “1488”, I’ll repro­duce the Wikipedia entry:

The Four­teen Words is a phrase used pre­dom­i­nant­ly by white nation­al­ists. It most com­mon­ly refers to a 14-word slo­gan: “We must secure the exis­tence of our peo­ple and a future for White Chil­dren.” It can also refer to anoth­er 14-word slo­gan: “Because the beau­ty of the White Aryan woman must not per­ish from the earth.”

Both slo­gans were coined by David Lane, con­vict­ed ter­ror­ist and mem­ber of the white sep­a­ratist orga­ni­za­tion The Order. The first slo­gan was inspired by a state­ment, 88 words in length, from Vol­ume 1, Chap­ter 8 of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf:

Neo-Nazis often com­bine the num­ber 14 with 88, as in “14/88? or “1488”. The 8s stand for the eighth let­ter of the alpha­bet (H), with “HH” stand­ing for “Heil Hitler”.

Lane died in prison in 2007 while serv­ing a 190 year sen­tence for, among oth­er things, the mur­der of Den­ver radio talk show host Alan Berg. David Lane has con­sid­er­able stature with­in glob­al white nation­al­ist/­neo-Naz­i/­fas­cist cir­cles as one of the Amer­i­can Aryan movement’s pre­mier badass­es (in addi­tion involve­ment in to the Berg murder—in which he denied involvement—and a string of bank rob­beries to finance the movement—also denied, Lane achieved a cer­tain martyr’s stature for endur­ing almost two decades in Fed­er­al deten­tion, fre­quent­ly in the noto­ri­ous Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­age­ment Units).

And David Lane was a big deal for the “ultra-right” & fas­cists in Ukraine, accord­ing to the South­ern Pover­ty Law Cen­ter:

Lane’s death touched off paeans from racists around the coun­try and abroad. June 30 was des­ig­nat­ed a “Glob­al Day of Remem­brance,” with demon­stra­tions held in at least five U.S. cities as well as Eng­land, Ger­many, Rus­sia and the Ukraine.

Judg­ing by this video, the march/memorial on the first anniver­sary of his death, in 2008, orga­nized by the Ukrain­ian Nation­al Social­ist Par­ty in Kyiv, was well enough attend­ed to mer­it a police pres­ence of sev­er­al dozen offi­cers.


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