Sunday, April 27, 2014

Donetsk, Ukraine: No Holocaust Remembrance Day there!


In Ukraine the world faces the challenge of dealing with another rock and a hard place scenario, somewhat similar to the one that Barack Obama blew in Syria where the rebels were no better than the government!

As Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed around the world today, Ukraine needs to be remembered as one of the most deadly places during the Holocaust with close to 1,000,000 Jews put to death there.

It needs to be remembered as well because it was only 10 days ago that the world was sadly reminded of this country's dark history when a leaflet was distributed demanding that Jews over the age of 16 register and document their possessions or face deportation.

Never Again? Not exactly true in Ukraine where it seems that the more things change the more that they stay the same!


What is this? A leaflet dropped in the Ukraine city of Donetsk that demands that all Jews over the age of 16 register as such and in addition list all of their property. 

From YNET News: A leaflet distributed in Donetsk, Ukraine calling for all Jews over 16 years old to register as Jews marred the Jewish community's Passover festivities Monday (Passover eve), replacing them with feelings of concern. 

The leaflet demanded the city's Jews supply a detailed list of all the property they own, or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated. 

Donetsk, a Ukraine province with 4.3 million people - 10 percent of Ukraine's population - and 17,000 Jews, is home to much of the country's heavy industry, and is thus the biggest prize of the eastern regions where pro-Russian separatists have captured government buildings in the past week. 

The leaflet, signed by Chairman of Donetsk's temporary government Denis Pushilin, was distributed to Jews near the Donetsk synagogue and later in other areas of the city where pro-Russians activists have declared Donetsk as an independent "people's republic", defying an ultimatum from Kiev to surrender. 

The leaflet was written in Russian and had Russia's national symbol on it, as well as the Donetsk People's Republic insignia. 

"Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality," the flyer began, "due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported Bendery Junta," a reference to Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement which fought for Ukrainian independence at the end of World War II, "and oppose the pro-Slavic People's Republic of Donetsk, (the interim government) has decided that all citizens of Jewish descent, over 16 years of age and residing within the republic's territory are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register." 

The leaflet detailed what type of documents the Jewish citizens would need to supply: "ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles." 

If the message was not made clear enough, the leaflet further stipulated the consequences that would come to those who failed to abide by the new demands: "Evasion of registration will result in citizenship revoke and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property." 

To add insult to injury, the leaflet demanded the Jews pay a registration fee of $50.  (Source

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