Tag Archives: historical memory

India | The mythic queen provokes chaos on streets of India

On January 24 hundreds of protesters went on a rampage vandalising malls and torching cars in the Indian city of Ahmedabad in a bid to stop the release of a controversial Bollywood film scheduled for Thursday.

Groups critical of the film have accused its director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, of distorting history by portraying a Muslim ruler as the “lover” of the Hindu Queen Padmavati of the Rajput warrior clan, which the filmmakers deny. The filmmakers have repeatedly said the film takes its inspiration from an epic poem of the same name, but their assurances have failed to assuage the Karni Sena group.

UN Envoy Hopeful on Macedonia ‘Name’ Agreement

The UN mediator in the Macedonia-Greece “name” dispute has told journalists following fresh talks between the two sides in New York that he believes the dispute could be solved within the next six months. He added that he “truly” believes both governments have genuine intentions to solve it.

Ukraine | Ukrainian authorities awarded the Holocaust murderers

As reports head of Ukrainian-Jewish Committee Eduard Dolinsky, Ukrainian authorities posthumously awarded the Ukrainian fascists from OUN who personally butchered Jewish population during the Holocaust.
“A wild desecration of the Jewish memory happened in Lutsk – a ceremony of posthumously awarding the Knights of OUN – murderers of Jews – commanders and fighters of the Ukrainian auxiliary police, members of OUN. Military Crosses were handed to relatives of the performers of the Holocaust – murderers of defenseless children, the elderly, men and women.
Among the recipients were the relatives of Nikolay Kovtonyuk – the commander of the Ukrainian auxiliary police in Lutsk. With his direct and active participation, Kovtonyuk exterminated more than 20,000 Jews in Lutsk.
Awards were also given to the following heroes:
• Fedir Zatovkanyuk – the second-in-command of the Ukrainian auxiliary police of Lutsk.
• Tikhon Zinchuk – the head of department of the auxiliary police of the village Toykut.
• Sergey Kachinsky – the head of the national police in Rovno. In Rovno 18,000 Jews were killed.
• Ivan Kobets – served in the Ukrainian auxiliary police in Ratno. With his participation 1800 Jews in Ratno were killed.
• Petro Ksendzyuk – served in the Ukrainian auxiliary police in Torchin. In Torchin the police together with Germans exterminated 2,000 Jews.
• Ivan Malimon – the commander of the auxiliary police in Olyka. In Olyka the police participated in the murder of 3500 Jews.
• Semen Pyatygoryk – the commander of the Ukrainian auxiliary police in the Lyubeshovsky district, participated in the extermination of 2500 Jews in Lyubeshov and its vicinities.
In total, the blood of no less than 50,000 innocent Jewish victims is on the hands of these heroes. That’s not counting those Poles and Ukrainians who were subsequently killed by them when they joined UPA after serving in the police.
The ceremony was organised by the representative of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory Lesya Bondaruk, the governor of the Volyn region Vladimir Gunchik and the initiator of the project of handing out awards – the historian Nikolay Posivnych.”

Ukraine | Ukraine and October: one hundred years of the banned revolution

November 7, 2017: In the commentary on the centennial of the October Revolution, two extremes can be seen. On the one hand, we don’t tire of talking about the outstanding significance of this historic event, about its achievements, accomplishments and victories. But those who fall into pathos recall that a century later, the legacy of October is reduced to nothing. And the holiday of the victory of the revolutionary forces has to be celebrated in days of obvious defeat — when these forces have long since dried up, and their flags are lying now somewhere in the dustbin of history, where they are picked up by political rogues and fringes.

Ukraine | Ukraine’s Invented a ‘Jewish-Ukrainian Nationalist’ to Whitewash Its Nazi-era Past

Myth-making efforts by the Ukraine to glorify the WWII role of one ‘archetypal’ Jew, Leiba Dubrovskii, is part of Kyiv’s war on memory: its eager attempts to erase anti-Semitism, brutality and complicity with the Nazis from its wartime history.