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UCSJ UPDATE

We had a great result on July 12th.  With much support of Deputy Y. Shuchevich, his assistance in the Ukrainian parliament (in Ukrainian, Verkhovna Rada), lawyers for UCSJ and I successfully brought to the parliament’s Committee of Culture and Conscience’s attention the illegal clauses inserted in the proposed chances to the Law of Cultural Heritage […]

Ukrainian officials post footage of vandals drawing swastikas on Holocaust memorial

June 28, 2017  (JTA) — City officials in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv published online security camera footage of vandals painting Nazi symbols on a Holocaust memorial in a bid to identify them. The municipality made the unusual move last week on its website, in which it showed an image of an individual wearing […]

How a female Jewish journalist alerted the world to Ukraine’s silent starvation

by Julie Masis 6/18/17 Clockwise, from left: Rhea Clyman’s photo in the 1933 Toronto Telegram; a ‘Red Train’ of carts taking first harvest of produce to Soviet government warehouses; starving children affected by the famine. (All photos public domain) While driving through the Ukrainian countryside in 1932, Rhea Clyman, a Jewish-Canadian journalist, stopped in a […]

Swastikas painted on synagogue, rabbi’s headstone smashed in Ukraine

May 19, 2017 (JTA) — Two swastikas were painted on the front door of a synagogue in western Ukraine and, in a separate incident, the headstone of a prominent rabbi’s grave was smashed. The incident involving the swastikas was discovered last week in Chernivtsi, a city located some 250 miles southwest of Kiev, according to […]

Ukraine’s Jews walk narrow line between murderous past and uncertain future

As Ukrainian PM Volodymyr Groysman winds up a three-day visit to Israel, Jews back home try to cope with economic difficulties and the effects of war BY SUE SURKES May 17, 2017 Children at Tikva’s kindergarten preparing materials for the Jewish festival of Lag B‘Omer, Odessa, Ukraine, May 12, 2017. (Photo Sue Surkes ODESSA, Ukraine — At […]

Ukrainian general calls for destruction of Jews

“I’m telling you one more time – go to hell, kikes”, wrote senior officer affiliated to the intelligence services In the latest of a series of highly public antisemitic statements by prominent figures in Ukraine, a retired Ukrainian general affiliated with the country’s intelligence services this week called for the destruction of his country’s Jewish […]

In a Ukraine forest, terrible events of 75 years ago given resonance by handful of survivors

On VE day, Jews and Christians gather near Uman to unveil a monument to 1,000 Jewish children murdered by the Nazis By Sue Surkes May 9, 2017 Ukrainian schoolchildren recite poetry at the unveiling of a memorial to 1,000 Jewish children massacred by the Nazis in a forest in Uman in 1942. May 8, 2017. […]

Ukraine Report

 For those of you who still don’t know, our colleague Judy Patkin is an amazing person.  Involved for 40+ years, she transitioned her Boston Action for Soviet Jewry office from advocacy for refuseniks and Prisoners for Zion to assisting needy Jews in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.  Henry Gerber and I have the privilege of visiting […]

Holocaust cabaret in Kiev theater outrages Ukrainian Jews

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, a display sign was hung in front of a theater in the capital of Ukraine, in anticipation of a new play telling the story of John Demjanjuk, who was convicted of helping to murder Jews in Sobibor; following the harsh criticism, the theater’s managers removed the sign. Itamar Eichner April 25, […]

Holocaust memorial vandalized in western Ukraine

March 27, 2017 (JTA) — Nazi symbols were spray-painted on a monument to Holocaust victims in Ukraine that was erected near their mass graves. The letter X was painted on the Star of David emblazoned on the monument near the western city of Ternopil. A swastika was drawn on the Hebrew-language section of the monument […]