Yushchenko’s post election hero worship of NAZI collaborator under fire

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.


2 Responses to Yushchenko’s post election hero worship of NAZI collaborator under fire

  1. Anonymous says:

    Yushchenko in his dying days as President of Ukraine, knowing that he had lost the election and would not serve a second term of office unilaterally awarded Stepan Bandera the official "status of Hero". Bandera and the UPA were NAZI collaborators during the second world war and many in Ukraine believe he should have been tried as a war criminal not awarded Hero status. The Ukrainian Jewish community in particular are outraged by Yushchenko's decision, and rightly so.

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