On January 27th, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Poland to attend the commemorative events dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.
Initially, Zelensky was going to attend the January 23rd ceremony in Jerusalem, but he wasn’t given an opportunity to address the world leaders in attendance.
We learnt that many of the Holocaust survivors have not been able to visit the World Holocaust Forum. Our delegation gave them our seats, as many Israeli ministers did. These people deserve these honors most of all. We will participate in all events and hold scheduled meetings
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) January 23, 2020
In Kiev, on the January 25-26 weekend, Zelensky told The Times of Israel firmly that “I will attend the ceremony” even though he believed he should have been invited to address it.
“For me personally, it doesn’t matter whether I speak. But so many people who died in this tragedy [of the Holocaust] were Ukrainian Jews — starting with Babi Yar… The statistical information that we have shows that one in four of the Jews who were killed in the Holocaust were Ukrainian. That is why, for Ukrainians, it is very important to honor the victims of the Holocaust. I think it would be fair, therefore, that the president of Ukraine would give a speech.”
Thus, he attempted to rationalize not being invited and express what a humiliation that was with made-up facts.
Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, said that Zelensky’s announcement was “puzzling” since hundreds of thousands of Holocaust survivors lived in Israel and would be unrealistic to plan a seat for each and every one.
“This morning [January 23rd], the Ukrainian president announced his withdrawal, claiming that he is transferring to a Holocaust survivor,” the memorial center said in a statement.
“It was explained to the president that we have assented to survivors who approached us in recent days. Therefore, his decision is puzzling, and it is a pity to take such a step in an event entitled ‘Remember the Holocaust to fight anti-Semitism.’”
Zelensky, however, got his chance to make his revisionist historical remarks in Poland.
“Being here at the International Holocaust Remembrance Day is very important to me. The Holocaust tragedy has left wounds in the heart of every Ukrainian. We will never forget that every fourth Shoah victim out of six million was from Ukraine,” President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said during a press conference with President of Poland Andrzej Duda.
He added that Ukraine would never forget the horrific crimes that had taken place in Babyn Yar, when the Nazis killed more than 150,000 innocent people, as well as nearly 9 million military and civilian Ukrainians who were killed during the World War II. Conveniently forgetting that many Ukrainian collaborators took place in the killings.
He said that many people fought to save the Jewish, risking their lives.
“Although there were far more people who were saving Jews at the hazard of their life. Those people had big heart and big courage,” Zelensky stressed.
He and Polish President Andrzej Duda made some other astounding claims, attempting to completely disregard the fact that some of Poland’s and Ukraine’s national heroes are Nazi collaborators and it is showing since both of the leaders were not allowed to speak in Jerusalem.
According to Zelensky:
- Auschwitz was liberated not by the Soviet Army, but rather by the “Ukrainian Front” and the Ukrainians themselves;
- The prisoners of Auschwitz were called the “ray of light that conquered darkness”;
- The Petliura followers in the Polish attack on Soviet Russia were proposed to be called the “Pilsudski Soldiers” who “fought the Bolshevik attack”;
- Finally, the USSR was accused of being guilty of the Holocaust, because if it weren’t for the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, then the Holocaust would not have happened.
It should be reminded that the 1st Ukrainian Front was a formation of the Red Army named after the geography of its operations.
The so-called “Plisudski soldiers,” and Petliura together attacked the USSR, captured Kiev, but when they began being captured by the Red Army, they began crying of the “terrible attack of the Bolsheviks on Europe.”
Petliura was later shot in Paris for organizing Jewish pogroms, and the French court acquitted his murderer. On the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Poland Ukraine are attempting to heroize a mass murderer of the Jewish.
In recent months, revisionist claims by Poland and Ukraine are becoming the norm, and there is a very apparent attempt at rewriting history. Any attempts by Russia and others to present facts and point out what really happened are met with harsh rhetoric and accusations.
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