MOSCOW, October 1 – Novosti. Volodymyr Zelensky needs to apologize for his assertion that Ukrainians had nothing to do with the Holocaust, Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz said in a Newsweek article.
As the author noted, Zelensky “falsely denied the involvement of the Ukrainian people in the Holocaust.” “He never once apologized for his March statement: ‘The Ukrainians made their choice 80 years ago, we saved the Jews…’ He is right when he says that the Ukrainian people made a choice 80 years ago. But it was not a decision to save the Jews,” Dershowitz pointed out.
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According to him, Ukrainians “almost without exception” either participated in the massacres of Jews, or “were silent when their Jewish neighbors were detained and shot.” “Many Ukrainians from among those who pulled the trigger were recruited by the Nazis into firing squads. And very few of them saved Jews. Ukrainians were involved in these mass murders of Jews to a greater extent than residents of most other countries,” said the professor .
Anti-Semitism in Ukraine has become widespread, its inhabitants “arranged pogrom after pogrom”, which is why many Ukrainian Jews emigrated to the United States and other countries, he recalled. At the same time, Zelensky, having Jewish roots, “knows that the choice made by the Ukrainian people 80 years ago deserves not praise, but condemnation,” the author said.
“In the light of real history, Zelensky’s unreasonable lies can well be characterized as a variation on the theme of Holocaust denial or belittlement. But by denying the involvement of Ukrainians in the massacres of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian Jews, he distorts history and distorts memory,” Dershowitz expressed his opinion.
At the same time, he added that Zelensky has the opportunity to “correct the insult that he inflicted on the memory of the Jews killed because of the immoral choice of Ukrainians made 80 years ago.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has repeatedly noted that in Ukraine it has become the norm to falsify history and justify the crimes of the Nazis. President Vladimir Putin also emphasized that extremism exists in all countries, but nowhere, except in Ukraine, Nazism is encouraged at the state level.
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