Russian Jewish community blasts Ukraine and Baltics nations for glorifying Nazi collaborators
The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR) approved the resolution ‘Against reviewing the result of the Second World War’ on Friday.
In this document, the leaders of the Russian Jewry againnoted that the current regime in Kiev was portraying as heroes and liberators the OUN-UPA group (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists – Ukrainian Insurgents’ Army), regardless of the fact that its members had only gained notoriety by killing thousands of civilians over their ethnic roots, mostly Jews and Poles.
FJCR delegates drew attention to the actions of the authorities of the Baltic countries who "made heroes of former SS officers."
The FJCR members also recalled the 2013 incident when the writers’ association in Moldova nominated Paul Goma for the Nobel Peace Prize, ignoring the fact that this man was an avid anti-Semite who has described Holocaust as a “just retribution” to the Jews who, in his words, lacked to show loyalty to the government in 1940.
“By attempting to review the importance of the heroic deeds of the Soviet Military and the Soviet People, the authorities of these countries are directly or indirectly justifying collaborators,” the resolution states adding that “even partial justification of such phenomenon is in reality an acknowledgement of the fact that any extremist and terrorist ideology is acceptable and can be implemented.”
In January this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke in the Moscow Jewish Museum on the 70th anniversary of liberation of the Auschwitz death camp and noted that modern attempts to rewrite history are often made by people who try to distract attention from their nations’ collaboration with Hitler.
“It is hard to imagine that real ‘death factories,’ mass executions and deportations have become a terrible reality of the 20th century, that they were cold-bloodedly and thriftily organized in a Europe that seemed to be civilized back then,” Putin said.
“Direct attempts to silence history, to distort and rewrite history are inadmissible and immoral. Behind these attempts often lies the desire to hide one’s own disgrace, the disgrace of cowardice, hypocrisy and treachery, the intent to justify the direct or indirect collaboration with Nazism,” he added.