Re: Ukrainian American accused of Pidhaitsi war crimes
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I'm sorry, but I must still disagree with you about the 'significance' of this article.
Just because the article starts recounting the events starting in 1943, that doesn't allow the author to escape prior history -- the history of the Jews in Podhajce who were all but eliminated prior to 1943. Indeed, you can bet that the same swine who were complicit in 1943 were complicit in 1941 and 1942 as well. Without historical context, this published narrative is simply a story about the Nazi who lives next door.
It would not have take much for the author to have provided some additional context around these events. I find the lack thereof to be purposefully offensive. To me the article is yet another example of the sanitizing of history; not for what it says, but for what it fails to say. Specifically, substituting the word 'citizen' for the word 'Jew' regarding the Warsaw 'uprising', seems a throwback to Soviet times.
I am not unfamiliar with the large number of Ukrainians awarded the title of 'Righteous' by Yad Vashem; or by the expressions of sorrow proffered by locals to visitors; or those who had actively put their own lives at risk helping Jews during their darkest days. Indeed I am cautiously optimistic that things are improving, especially as regards the attitudes of the young.
It is not surprising to me that Nazis still live among us and that locals aided them; I would argue that this is not the 'significance' of the article. The significance is in the article's thinly veiled attempt to rewrite history.
On 14-10-05 06:55 AM, JK jeffckellner@... [podhajce] wrote: