WJC concerned by Ukraine's decision to rename Kyiv boulevard after ultra-nationalist complicit in murdering Jews during Holocaust

NEW YORK - World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer said Friday that he was deeply concerned by Ukraine’s decision to rename a boulevard in its capital, Kyiv, after a World War II era ultra-nationalist complicit in the wartime murder of Jews and Poles in Ukraine. The WJC “utterly rejects” the idea of elevating the memory of Stepan Bandera as a figure to be honored in modern-day Ukraine, Singer said.
 
“This is a most disappointing development that calls into question Ukraine’s commitment to an honest confrontation with its own history and to ensuring that an ambiance of pluralism and inclusiveness prevails in which Ukrainians of all religious and ethnic backgrounds are respected," Singer said. 

"It is ironic and perplexing that the Kyiv municipality would decide to honor a man whose followers joined the German death squads in murdering the Jews of Ukraine during the Holocaust, at the very same time that it is planning to build Ukraine's first Holocaust museum and whilst preparing for the 75th anniversary commemoration of the massacre of 33,000 Jews at the site of the Babi Yar ravine," Singer added. "We urge the municipality to carefully consider the ramifications of glorifying Bandera."

 

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Ilya Okun

Fri, 15 Jul 2016

The problem with Ukrain's otherwise welcom "Maidan Revolution" is that it opened a door for small but very aggressive bunch of nationalist thugs with hands deep in blood of innocents to come back into Ukraine political life. From this point on, there will be repeated attempts to glorify past perverts like Stepan Bandera.

Eduard Dolinsky

Tue, 12 Jul 2016

This is a brave and honest statement! Bravo!

Sherry Price

Mon, 11 Jul 2016

Do they think we've forgotten? How can the Ukraine honor a person, so vile, who was responsible for the deaths of 33,000 Jewish souls at Babi Yar ravine. Shameful!

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