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Saturday, 2 June 2018

The Burning of Pirčiupiai… Lest We Forget What Rightwing Racism Leads To

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On 3 June 1944, the fascist occupiers burned the village of Pirčiupiai in Lithuania, killing 119 people, burning them alive. Amongst the victims were 5 elderly persons over 65, 1 pregnant woman, 49 children under 15 years of age, 14 children under 5 years of age, and 4 nursing infants.

In 1960, the young Lithuanian sculptor Gediminas Jokūbonis created a memorial at the site of the tragedy, including the statue “Mother”, with a wall with decorated reliefs carved with names of the dead. The central monument portrays a tense image of a mother, the anger and sorrow of the old Lithuanian peasants, as well as severe generalised images, harmonising the architecture and memorial space with the surrounding countryside. In 1963, Jokūbonis received a Lenin Prize for creating the memorial. A Memorial Museum is also in Pirčiupiai.

In 1981, the Lithuanian cinema studio LKS filmed the movie Fakt (Fact) directed by Steponas Almantas Grikevičius, telling the story of the destruction of the village by the fascists. It won the main prize at the 14th all-Union Film Festival in Vilnius and represented the Soviet film industry in the competition at the Cannes International Film Festival, which it won the award for Best Supporting Female Role for actress E Ya Solovey.

2 June 2018

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Ukrainian Jewish Committee Warns Kiev About Glorifying World War II Murderers of Jews

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On Friday, Eduard Dolinsky, Director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, told golos.ua:

The veneration of World War II-era Nazi groups and surging anti-Semitism in the Ukraine will inevitably affect relations with Israel. Currently, both countries enjoy a good relationship. However, the Ukraine’s glorification of the murderers of the Jewish population will eventually come back to haunt Kiev in its relations with Israel. This’ll happen shortly. This’ll depend on how the Ukraine acts. For example, Poland, as you know, banned entry for (the director of the Institute of National Memory) Vyatrovich as well as some of his allies and nationalists. Israel may also take similar measures. Besides, ultra-right sentiment and extremist groups will grow in the Ukraine if the government remains idle. The whole world is witnessing mounting rightwing extremist sentiment and stepped-up activity by radical groups in social life. If they take no action to counter this, this’ll build up day by day. In addition, their numbers would increase, eventually making the fight against them more difficult.

According to the Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, the number of anti-Semitic incidents doubled in the Ukraine in 2017 year-on-year, which comes against the backdrop of a glorification of nationalist leaders responsible for the murders and expulsion of Jews during World War II. It noted:

For a second successive year, the Ukraine saw the biggest number of anti-Semitic incidents among the former Soviet Union republics. There was anti-Semitic propaganda in politics, vandalism targeting Jewish cemeteries, buildings, and social centres, as well as monuments to Holocaust victims. However, they don’t take any effective action against vandals, with anti-Semitic incidents qualified as just hooliganism and not as hate crimes.

In May 2015, Ukrainian President P A Poroshenko signed a law glorifying the OUN (Ukrainian nationalists) and the UPA (Ukrainian Insurgent Army), a terrorist group outlawed in Russia, labelling their activity as a struggle for the country’s independence. Statues to nationalist Nazi collaborators S A Bandera and R I Shukhevich arise across the Ukraine, memorial events and torchlight processions occur in their memory, and they name streets after them.

1 June 2018

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Monday, 2 May 2016

2 May 2016. As Seen by Vitaly Podvitsky… I’m Just a Simple Girl

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Do we know the fate of the girls who poured the petrol into the Molotov Cocktails in front of the Odessa Dom Profsoyuzov? We don’t know. Today, where is Alla, Kristina, or Dasha? It may be they’re about to get married or have a holiday in Europe. Where are they now and how do they live? However, that’s a stupid question. They lead normal lives. They’re just girls who wanted to be happy. For that, the others must die.

2 May 2016

Vitaly Podvitsky

Vitaly Podvitsky Masterskaya Karikatury

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Editor:

The most foul actions involve the most ordinary people… many of whom simply get caught up in events or who are trying to avoid even worse situations. The people who poured the petrol into the bombs aren’t the criminals… those who planned the arson and egged others on are the criminals. That’s why John Demjanjuk was innocent… he was a perimeter guard at most… he ordered nothing; he planned nothing. The same with these girls… some were simply there when it happened… some wanted to impress some boy or some authority figure… some were afraid of what’d happen if they refused. Were they guilty? No… but they were part of a heinous crime…

We live in a fallen, fallen world… let those without sin cast the first stone…

BMD

Honour Those Killed by the Fascists in the Dom Profsoyuzov Arson

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Today, honour all those killed in the Dom Profsoyuzov arson in Odessa by observing a moment of silence. They all gave their lives to free the Ukraine from the obscurantist fascist junta. Rest in peace, our friends! We’ll never forget you; you’ll forever stay in our hearts!

2 May 2016

Ivan Prikhodko

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Editor:

The Uniates and schismos sowed the wind… they WILL reap the whirlwind. The patriots will see to it that the fascists responsible for this murderous arson will be strung up, no doubt (if they’re lucky… if not, the relatives of the victims will have their way with them). The curial/Anglo gambit is in shambles… now, it’s only a matter of time. Dear God, do cut it short to spare the innocents…

BMD

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