A Book Glorifying Ukrainian SS “Viking” Soldiers Was Shamelessly Presented in Lvov

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


Miroslava Berdnik/golospravdy.com/varjag2007su.livejournal.com

This it what is accepted to be proud of in Ukraine today:

“On September 23rd, within the framework of the 25th book forum in Lvov, the book by Roman Ponomarenko ‘Ukrainian Vikings: Ukrainians in the SS ‘Viking’ division. July-November 1944‘ was presented.

The book states that in the summer of 1944 about 1,000 Ukrainian volunteers were included in the ranks of the 5th SS Panzer Division ‘Viking’ [in German: Wiking – ed]. This was a unique case in the history of World War II, when Slavic soldiers were sent to replenish an elite SS division – at the same level with the German and other European volunteers.

The author of the book Roman Ponomarenko said: ‘Only the best were accepted, even if they didn’t have any military experience. After two months of training they became real soldiers’.

According to him, the Ukrainians in the division were allowed to wear their Ukrainian uniform markings, which became an unprecedented case. They also swore to fight for a free Ukraine. A separate unit wasn’t formed from Ukrainians, but they were divided into groups only because there were no Ukrainian officers.

The author of the book also said that Ukrainian soldiers underwent military training in the ranks of ‘Viking’, and in September, 1944 they fought against the Red Army on the known Narva Bridgehead at the frontline. There they experienced the real hell of war. A contribution to this success was also made by the Ukrainian soldiers of ‘Viking’ – no less than 150 of them died”.

In reality, it’s not because the lives of Germans were so good that they started to recruit representatives of “racially defective people”. After Kursk, this division got a good hiding near Kharkov, then near Poltava, and then it was notably processed in the Korsun-Shevchenkov cauldron.

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And here is the Facebook post of Mr Ponomarenko, the author of this book, who doesn’t hide the positioning of his Ukrainian “patriotism” in relation to Donbass:

“Among the Ukrainians who served in the ‘Viking’ division, some became machine gunners. So this is the case when my book found its reader. And it is especially at such moments that I understand that I am not doing my job in vain.

In the photo – the ‘Ukrainian braid’ [click here to see why he gave the gun this name – ed] – a NSV ‘Utyos’, in the bunkers just a few kilometers from Donetsk.
Til valhall!”

How honourable it is that Ukrainians were recruited in the SS division!

In Western Europe people try not to remember what is considered as shameful – for example, that the Resistance consisted of 0.1% of the population, or that there were voluntary formations that served Hitler. Because they are shameful milestones of history. Here [in Ukraine – ed] a book was written about it. And this book is presented in a forum that was opened by the president and is visited by different European authors.

“I don’t know,” says Anatoly Shariy, “maybe, everyone has gone crazy, maybe our European partners became a bit blind, maybe they need to change the lenses in their glasses, but to not notice what is happening is, in my opinion, odd to say the least.”

I completely agree with Shariy. I just want to add one thing. There is nothing strange in the fact that the president opened a book forum where a book about Hitlerites was presented. After all, just 2 years before this – on April 24th, 2016 – his wife Marina Poroshenko opened a book forum – the 6th International festival “Book Arsenal” where the book of the popular German author Adolf Hitler “Mein Kampf” in Ukrainian was presented [here is an archived version of the website – which has since been liquidated – dedicated to the Ukrainian version of “Mein Kampf” – ed].

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Moreover, it was announced with an opportunity to subscribe and order the book much earlier.

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