Simon Wiesenthal Center Slams Decisions by Ukrainian Parliament to Equate Nazism and Communism and to Recognize Local Nazi Collaborators as "Freedom Fighters"

Simon Wiesenthal Center Slams Decisions by Ukrainian Parliament to Equate Nazism and Communism and to Recognize Local Nazi Collaborators as "Freedom Fighters"

April 12, 2015

Jerusalem-The Simon Wiesenthal Center today harshly criticized two decisions taken late last week by the Ukrainian parliament (Verkhova Rada) to equate Communist and Nazi crimes by banning both regimes and to recognize local Nazi collaborators as "freedom fighters," thereby entitling them to special benefits.

In a statement issued here today by its Director for Eastern European Affairs, Holocaust historian Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the Center termed the decisions an outrageous distortion of the history of World War II and the Holocaust.

According to Zuroff:

"The passage of a ban on Nazism and Communism equates the most genocidal regime in human history with the regime which liberated Auschwitz and helped end the reign of terror of the Third Reich. In the same spirit the decision to honor local Nazi collaborators and grant them special benefits turns Hitler's henchmen into heroes despite their active and zealous participation in the mass murder of innocent Jews. These attempts to rewrite history, which are prevalent throughout post-Communist Eastern Europe, can never erase the crimes committed by Nazi collaborators in these countries, and only proves that they clearly lack the Western values which they claim to have embraced upon their transition to democracy."

 

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