Street exhibition in Kiev highlights WWII nationalists and Nazi collaborators

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October 1, 2015 – 

Vladimir Raychenko, PolitNavigator – 

Translated for Fort Russ by J. Arnoldski 

“An oath to Hitler and Ukrainian SS men exhibited on Kreshchatik” [Kreshchatik is the main street in Kiev – J. Arnoldski]

The losses of Ukraine in the Second World War are due to the fact that Ukrainians didn’t have their own statehood. This was stated by the nationalist historian and director of the Institute for National Remembrance, Vladimir Vyatrovich, today at the opening of the exhibition the Ukrainian Second World War.”

“Unfortunately, these horrific losses (8 to 10 million), which were incurred by Ukraine, were made possible in part by the fact that Ukrainians didn’t have their own state,” the director of the INR believes. 

He also noted that Ukrainians fought in nearly all armies – Soviet, American, British, Polish, and French – in the years of the Second World War. 

“This war became such a tragedy when Ukrainians, unfortunately, were forced to fight against other Ukrainians, killing them in the interests of others,” the historian added, “And we today are speaking about the Second world War because Ukraine is at war now, one raging in the east of the country. In this war, which Ukraine is leading against Russia, myths, stereotypes, and many different lies are used. Ukrainians’ lack of knowledge of the Second World War makes all sorts of different manipulations possible: whether they be that there is a fascist government in Kiev, or that the Ukrainian army is a punitive force, or that terrorists in the ranks of the DPR and LPR armies are so-called militiamen.” 

Among the presented photographs one sees a snippet from the OUN newspaper “Independent Ukraine” with the Act of Proclamation of the Ukrainian State with warm words addressed to Hitler and assurances of allied commitments to Nazi Germany. 

In the section devoted to the German occupation, propaganda images from the Ministry of Propaganda of the Third Reich were used.

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One of the stands was dedicated to Ukrainians among the ranks of the Hitlerites and their allies. 

The organizers strove to emphasize the negatives of the Red Army and Soviet partisans. But at the same time, they were silent about the role of Ukrainian nationalists in the extermination of Jews on the territory of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. 

  

UPA occupied a significant place at the exhibition. 

The exhibition, according to Vyatrovich, was exhibited initially in Lvov, and after Kiev will be sent to Odessa and to the Donetsk region. 

“Interbellum: Ukraine – the biggest problem of Europe” 

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