Tag Archives: historical memory

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.

Canada | Why deny the Ukrainian Nazi connection?

by David Pugliese

The Russian Embassy in Ottawa has created quite the controversy with its latest tweets about Nazi monuments in Canada.

“There are monumets (sic) to Nazi collaborators in Canada and nobody is doing anything about it,” one of the tweets noted.

Poland | International Protests Against the Destruction of Soviet WW2 Monuments in Poland

As a group of international activists reported they marched in many European countries against the destruction of soviet monuments in Poland. All protests were coordinated together and took place on the 2nd of September, 2017, in front of the Polish consulates and embassies. The protest in Poland took place in front of the US Embassy. Amongst the places of protest are the following: