04 June 2021, 14:19
Jewish leader of Russia concerned of increasing glorification of the Nazis in Ukraine
Moscow, June 4, Interfax - President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia Alexander Boroda was not surprised by the fact that the Ukrainian parliament rejected a bill banning the glorification of Nazism and persons who took part in the Holocaust.
According to MP Max Buzhansky on Facebook, the document was supported by 155 deputies with the necessary 226. During its consideration, the deputy Oksana Savchuk called the SS men heroes.
"The fact that the draft law banning the glorification of the Nazis wasn't adopted by a majority of votes, unfortunately, is a natural phenomenon for the public policy of Ukraine," Rabbi Boroda told Interfax on Friday.
He recalled that in November 2019, Ukraine opposed the resolution proposed by Russia in the UN General Assembly on combating the glorification of Nazism and neo-Nazism. "Over the past almost two years, we can't say that the policy of Ukraine has changed much and there was some qualitative revision of the attitude to its own history. On the contrary, the glorification of those who directly participated in punitive actions and collaborated with the SS legions has increased," the leader of the Jewish community said.
He also mentioned that this year the naming of the stadium in Ternopol after Roman Shukhevych caused an international outcry. "To call a sports arena that is designed to unite people, to serve as a bridge for friendly relations between nations, the name of the SS Hauptman who led the bloodiest pogrom in Lvov in 1941, is not just absurd, but is a denial of the international mission of sports, and the denial of basic moral categories," Boroda said.
In his opinion, in the story of rejection of the bill to glorify the Nazis on June 3, another detail is more surprising: on the same day, the Ukrainian parliament approved a bill on combating anti-Semitism. "It turns out a total logical confusion: how can we simultaneously fight anti-Semitism and glorify the murderers of Jews? To talk about humanistic ideals, prepare for international matches and speak out against the generally accepted facts of crimes, glorifying the perpetrators of mass murder?" the Russian rabbi asked.
Such actions, he believes, signal "the root problems of self-determination", because "it is impossible to build a system of values of an entire nation on ideological illusions and denial of reality."