Chief Rabbi of Russia: Yushchenko rehabilitates Nazi accomplices
On Oct 31 Chief Rabbi of Russia Adolf Shayevich came out with a statement concerning the decree of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko to rehabilitate the OUN-UIA (the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army). The Public Relations Department of REGNUM the Congress of Jewish Organizations and Associations of Russia has provided with the text of the statement.
It says: No political somersaults for the sake of changing the national priorities can justify such an intention – the politics also have bounds of morality, and nobody is allowed to transgress them. The provision of the OUN members and the UIA fighters with the World War II veteran status means de facto rehabilitation of the staunch and cruel accomplices of the Nazi in their atrocities against hundreds of thousands of innocent people of different nationalities.
Russians, Ukrainians, Georgians, Armenians, representatives of all Soviet nationalities sacrificed their lives in order to destroy the Nazi scum and to save the world from the brown plague. They fought in the battlefields of the Great Patriotic War and suffered privations in the rear in order to help those at the frontline. One can’t even imagine how the exploit of the soldiers who saved whole nations from annihilation and slavery can be compared with the actions of the henchmen who took part in massacres and executions.
The OUN-UIA members have sullied their name by their cooperation with the Fascists – their atrocities claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. Tens of thousands of Jews came to Russia from Ukraine after the WWII. They came back from the frontline to see their towns and villages destroyed and their families killed. For them, their children and grandchildren, for all those who remember the crimes committed by the Fascists and those who helped them shoot and burn down tens of thousands of Jews at Babiy Yar, the Rovno, Volyn and Lvov regions of Western Ukraine, this decree is nothing but an insult, cynical challenge to the memory of those killed in the years of the Disaster.
In his time, the member of the Rovno municipal council Shkuratuk said: I am proud that, of the 1,500 executors at Babiy Yar, 1,200 were the policemen of the OUN and only 300 Germans. Isn’t it sickening for the Ukrainians and their national dignity to see such an outburst of pride? The international tribunal in Nuremberg has condemned not only the Nazis but also their accomplices. The disregard of the horrible lessons of the past is a road to nowhere.
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