Wiesenthal slams Ukraine award to nationalist
Today at 16:49 | Associated Press
A prominent Jewish human rights organization has criticized theUkrainian president’s decision to give a posthumous award to anationalist leader it describes as a Nazi collaborator.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center said in a statement Friday that StepanBandera and his followers were linked to the deaths of thousands ofJews in World War II’s early stages.
President Viktor Yushchenko on Wednesday bestowed the Hero of Ukraineaward to Stepan Bandera for his role in fighting for an independentUkraine. Wednesday was Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Mark Weitzman, the center’s government affairs director, says it was atravesty to grant the honor as the world paused “to remember thevictims of the Holocaust on Jan. 27.”
A Yushchenko spokesman declined comment.