Wiesenthal Center Harshly Criticizes Kiev March to Mark Birthday of Ukrainian Nazi Collaborator Stefan Bandera

January 4, 2015

Jerusalem-The Simon Wiesenthal Center today harshly criticized a march held this past Thursday in Kiev to mark the 106th anniversary of the birth of Ukrainian nationalist hero Stefan Bandera, who collaborated with the Nazis during the initial stage of the German occupation of Ukraine. In a statement issued here by its Israel director, Holocaust historian Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the Center noted Bandera's role in Holocaust crimes and the tens of thousands of Jewish victims murdered in Ukraine during the initial months of the German occupation.

According to Zuroff:
"Holocaust perpetrators are the last people on earth who deserve to be glorified, regardless of their nationalist credentials. This phenomenon, currently so common in post-Communist Eastern Europe, and especially in Ukraine and the Baltics, clearly shows that these countries don't fully comprehend the obligations of true democracy."

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