American Holocaust Museum makes tough statement on anti-Semitism growth in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The activity of the Ukrainian Institute National Memory headed by Viatrovych is also condemned
16:40, 15 May 2018

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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) made a tough statement that condemns the growth of the anti-Semitism, violence toward the Romani, the activity of the Ukrainian Institute National Memory headed by Viatrovych as the press service of the museum reported.

Also, the USHMM expressed the deep concern about the recent manifestations of intolerance and anti-Semitism in Ukraine, including the violence toward the Romani communities in Kyiv and Lviv.

'On April 21 members of the neo-Nazi Ukrainian organization C14 in the Holosiyiv District of Kyiv forced 15 families to flee the area and burned down their dwellings. On May 9, approximately 30 masked men burned down the Rudne settlement in the L’viv district. The Roma were targeted by the Nazis during World War II and at least 200,000 were killed by the Germans and their collaborators', the message said.

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According to the message, a lot of things should be done for the fight against the anti-Semitism and anti-Romani prejudices and to stop the different attempts to distort the Holocaust history 'by glorifying Nazi collaborators and white-washing historical truth', taking into account the opened criminal proceeding due to the attack of the Romani community in Kyiv and recent statement of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko who strongly condemned 'any manifestations of intolerance and antisemitism'.

At the same time, the museum has noted an important of the creation of the Memorial Reserve Babyn Yar.

'This will require greater consistency of government action. The Memorandum of Cooperation signed on March 18 between the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education and Science, Kyiv Municipality, and the National Historical and Memorial Reserve Babyn Yar is a positive step promising to advance the project to create the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, a museum and educational center, at one of the most horrendous mass murder sites of the Holocaust', the message said.

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However, according to the statement, the continuing efforts led by the Ukrainian Institute National Memory on the glorification of particular leaders of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) and 'cleanse their murderous records raises doubts regarding the government’s intentions'.

The museum urges the Ukrainian government to consistently fight against new manifestation of the intolerance, including anti-Semitism and anti-Romani sentiments and honestly oppose the past of the country, including the participation of some Ukrainian in the murder of Jews and Romani during WWII.

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'Consistency in the government’s approach and the commitment of national resources to initiatives to memorialize and educate about the tragedy of Babyn Yar and the Holocaust in Ukraine will be positive steps in this process', the message said.

Earlier more than 50 U.S. Congressmen appealed to the U.S. State Department with a letter that expresses the concern due to the growth of the anti-Semitism, distorting the Holocaust in Europe, especially in Poland and Ukraine.

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