Translated by Ollie Richardson
The department of Culture of the Lvov City Council announced its plans to hold a festival dedicated to one of the organizers of pogroms – the commander of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) Roman Shukhevych.
“On June 30, 2017, in Lvov ‘Shukhevychfest’ will take place, devoted to the Hauptmann’s 110th anniversary of the schutzmannschaft and commander of UPA Roman Shukhevych,” wrote the head of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee Eduard Dolinsky on his page on Facebook, having reminded that on the same day, on June 30th, 1941, in Lvov and other cities of Western Ukraine there were brutal Jewish pogroms organized by Nazis and the Organization of the Ukrainian Nationalists.
Fighters of the Nachtigall battalion took part in the same pogroms, one of commanders of which was Roman Shukhevych.
“Thus in Lvov it was decided to celebrate the horrible deaths of thousands of innocent Jews,” wrote Dolinsky.
German troops entered Lvov on June 30th, 1941, and soon after, the formation of groups of nationalists who carried out the rounding-up of Jews began. Since July 1st, a pogrom began in the city, in which over several days from 4,000 to 7,000 Jews were killed.
In May, 2015, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the law on glorification of OUN-UPA, the activity of which was recognized as a fight for the independence of the country. The glorification of UPA and its leaders – Bandera and Shukhevych – sparks criticism from many veterans of the Great Patriotic War and politicians, accusing Banderists of cooperating with Nazis.
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