Ukraine monuments on mass graves recognize Jews killed in Holocaust

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Father Patrick Desbois, second from left, greets visitors at Rava Ruska Holocaust mass grave on June 29, 2015. Desbois found and documented nearly 1700 Jewish mass graves in Ukraine and elsewhere in Eastern Europe. Religion News Service photo by Michael Scaturro

Father Patrick Desbois, second from left, greets visitors at Rava Ruska Holocaust mass grave on June 29, 2015. Desbois found and documented nearly 1700 Jewish mass graves in Ukraine and elsewhere in Eastern Europe. Religion News Service photo by Michael Scaturro

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LVIV, Ukraine (RNS) New monuments to Ukrainian Jews killed by the Nazis give family members a place to visit and pay their respects, seven decades later.

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  • Susan

    The Orthodox churches have not had the equivalent of Vatican II. There was and is a great deal of antisemitism and anti-Judaism in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Most American Jews are from Eastern Europe or Russia for that very reason.

  • Peer Gynnt

    Ukrainian gentiles did more than just bury the dead. Nor were all of them “forced”. In many places they helped to kill. There was a large segment of the Ukrainian population, seeing the Germans as ‘liberators’ aligned with them. They formed volunteer police and security organizations under Nazi leadership to, initially, hunt-down ‘communists’ but later to round-up and assist in the execution of Ukrainian Jews. later they extended ‘the work’ to the ethnic cleansing of areas of what is now western Ukraine. Many fled to the Americas as ‘displaced persons’ and ‘refugees’ after the war.

    If an old man in Germany can deservedly serve 3 years for keeping concentration camp records, then there are still Ukrainians alive who have done worse who should at least be before a court. At the very least this aspect of Ukrainian history should be recognized and decried not ‘lustrated’ and held up as a national quality.