Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The president of “OUN” and the First Deputy Chairman of the State Committee for Television and Radio-Broadcasting of Ukraine Bogdan Chervak claimed that in 1941-1942 the German occupiers shot members of the collaborationist Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) in Babi Yar. He stated this on Facebook, commenting on the condolences of the US Embassy in Ukraine concerning the anniversary of the tragedy in Babi Yar, which Chervak’s ideological predecessors were directly involved in.
“The US Embassy in Ukraine published condolences on the occasion of theanniversary of the tragedy in Babi Yar. Jews, Romanis, and Soviet prisoners of war merited condolences. Nothing was said about Ukrainians,” said an indignant Chervak.
At the same time he noted: “I will remind the Ambassador of the US in Ukraine Ms Marie Yovanovitch, who I treat with great respect. In 1941-1942 the German occupiers shot 621 members of OUN in Babi Yar. Among them was the outstanding poetess Elena Teliga with her husband Mikhail. Employees of the “Ukrainske slovo” newspaper, led by the editor and defender of Carpathian Ukraine Ivan Rogach, found in Babi Yar their last haven. The mayor of Kiev P. Bagaziy and the heads of the district council of the city – professor Makhinya, Evgeny Forostovsky along with his wife, Rud, Chverda, the engineer Romanov, and professor Lazorko – died here. Nearly 500 members of ‘Bukovinsky Kuren’ – the greatest OUN marching group – became the victims of German terror.
Chervak also assures that “their death wasn’t a coincidence. In such a way the Nazis exacted revenge against Ukrainians for their will to live in an independent and conciliar state”.
“You must know, Ms Ambassador, that not having remembered Ukrainians – the victims of Babi Yar, perhaps, without wishing it, you offended the Ukrainian nation. Ukraine honourably reveres the memory of all victims of Babi Yar, independently of what nationality they had. And that’s why it has the right to demand a worthy attitude towards Ukrainian heroes who gave the lives for the independence of Ukraine in the fight against the German occupiers,” stated the head of OUN, lecturing the American Embassy.
Earlier, on September 29th, the US Embassy in Ukraine published such condolences on Twitter:
A shocking total of nearly 34,000 Jews were massacred in Babyn Yar over just two days on Sep. 29-30, 1941. Today we remember them, along with the many thousands of other Jews, Roma, Soviet POWs, and other individuals murdered there during WWII. #BabiYar pic.twitter.com/bWGTZi6gVe
— U.S. Embassy Kyiv (@USEmbassyKyiv) September 29, 2018
As is known, on September 29th-30th, 1941 in Kiev occupied by nazis, the first mass execution of the unarmed civilian population was carried out in the Babi Yar ravine. In total, from September 29th to October 11th, 1941 Ukrainian nationalists from the so-called “Bukovinsky Kuren” killed almost the entire Jewish population of the city – more than 50,000 men, women, and children.
In general, during the years of the Great Patriotic War over 100,000 people – Jews, Romanis, Karaites, communists, and the Soviet partisan underground – perished in Babi Yar. The executions in Babi Yar continued up to the liberation of Kiev by the Red Army from nazi occupiers. Moreover, the police created by occupiers from Ukrainian nationalists took an active part in the executions.
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