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If I Forget about His, Let the Heaven Forget about Me

Author: Ayre от 10.12.2014, 07:52
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From the opening lines of this publication, let me make it clear: the picture of the monument that existed in Poland until it was removed several years ago has nothing to do with the deeds of Mr Bandera and his gangs. Don’t believe those who will tell you that the monument was to honour the victims of the OUN-UPA atrocities, the Polish children who were supposedly tied to tree trunks with barbed wire to save bullets. This monument is about an atrocity of another kind, committed not by Ukrainiand radicals but by a local Roma woman who murdered her own children in a state of an acute psychic desorder. This is what Bandera advocates will point at to argue that all the evidence of the career achievements of the "Ukrainian hero" displayed on Russian Internet pages is either invented by "dilusional barbarians" or savvily fabricated by "Kremlin spin doctors". Who was Bandera in reality, a hero or a villan? Let's take a brief look at how the founding father of the Ukrainian nationalism came about.

There is no point drilling deep into Stepan Bandera's curriculum vitae. His vital details are abundently present in the public domain. In summary, in his younger years Bandera joinded the radical groups that strove to liberate the Western Ukraine from the Polish oppression and restore their independence. Eventually their ambitions grew to include the Central and Eastern Ukraine the were to be freed from the Soviet oppression. Stepan, a street-smart and well-read boy, managed to combine his radical activism with schooling, and quickly worked through the ranks to emerge as one the ideological leaders of the national liberation movement. He sharply transformed the movement's focus from protest and awareness campaigns to direct action and terror. The innovation that was duly rewarded in 1934 by the Polish government when Bandera was setenced to death, later commuted into a life emprisonment under the pressure of the public unrest provoked by the arrests of Ukrainian activists. In 1939 as Poland was invaded by Germany Bandera regained freedom. Out of prison, he was quickly promoted to the OUN leadership on the strength of his early-hour affiliation with the group. He remained at the helm of the OUN Provid (High Command) in the Western Ukraine until it split in 1940. After the split, Bandera set up his own faction, OUN(B), dabbed as Bandera's movement. Bandera launched the Ukrainian National Legion that received German military training and later formed the core of UPA. The Legion consisted of two battalions, the Nachtigall and the Roland. The training took place in Germany. OUN foot soldiers who did not make it to the battalions were trained in Germany and Poland to handle radiotelephony and explosives and to use sabotage tactics.

When Germans marched into Lvov on June 30, 1941, the regular Geman troops opened way to the Nachtigal battalion commanded by Roman Shukhevich, Bandera's closest associate. When in Lvov, the Bandera-led group heralded the Ukrainian State Resuscitation Act that announced a new Ukrainian state to be born and encompassing native Ukrainians lands. To general surprise, Bandera's German patrons did not appreciate the free expression of the Ukrainian nationalism and locked in Bandera and a string of other OUN activists. In 1941, SS and Gestapo made a series of arrests and as a result Bandera was detained and later incarcerated in Sachsenhausen concentration camp where he was held until 1944. According to eyewitnesses, in the camp Bandera enjoyed every possible comfort. After the liberation Bandera found refuge in Germany and remained there until he was killed by a Soviet intelligence agent.

I will therefore agree with Bandera's fans that he took no personal part in in OUN-UPA crimes perpertated by the radicals in Poland and the USSR's Ukraine and Belorussia. He spent virtually the whole of that period in prison. But does it make him innocent of crimes committed by the people inspired by his ideas? No way! Bandera does share with UPA fighters an equal responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people that they killed during their "fight for freedom". Armed with his ideas, Ukrainian ethno-nationalists committed all those crimes convinced that by killing non-Ukrainians they come closer to the lofty goal of an independent Ukrainian state. The UPA itself, set up in 1943, was comprised mostly of committed Bandera followers impregnated with the ideology coined by Stefan. Memorably, Hitler had no personal involvement in executions of civilian population or in building concentration camps, but nevertheless he was singled out as the archcriminal of the Third Reich. Ukrainians who are worshipping Bandera today should remember that Bandera 's victims were not limited to Poles, Bielorussians, Russians or Jews. The death squads did not spare simple Ukrainians who were guilty for just trying to think and to live differently.

Going back to where this article began, let me remind you about the writing engraved on the monument to the children killed by their mother: "If I forget about this, let the heaven forget about me". I would like to remind Poles that 70,000 to 200,000 (sources differ) of their civilian countrymen were killed in the Wolyn massacre by Ukrainian nationalists, the very same nationalists hat today brandish black-and-red flags and worship Stepan Bandera. This is what Poles seem to forget as they flirt with them intently. Suffering a memory loss, Poles sanction Russia and supply Bandera followers with heavy equipment and weapons, participate in the war in Ukraine under the aegis of much-talked-about private defense firms and espouse the legacy and the ideas of those who savagely slaughtered their ancestors by hayfork and bayonet. Let the heaven forget about Poles! Let the heaven forget about Europe that has become oblivious of the dangers and the consequences of the rampant nazi plague! Let the heaven forget about Ukrainians who have lost their memory and let false values creep into their heads and provoke the fratricidal civil war!
We, Russians, remember everything. We remember about the cost of the Great Victory to the people of the Soviet Union. We remember about those who broke the neck of Nazism in Europe, we remember about the concentration camps and our towns burnt to the ground, we remember about the murdered, the slaughtered and tortured to death, and we remember about the traitors too. Inspired by those memories, Russians were the first to come and rescue Donbass and to brave bombs and bullets when they brought humanitarian aid to besieged cities. We remember it all! And we won't forget no matter how hard pressed. And people in Europe will regain their memories sooner or later. Hopefully not too late…

Caption: Poles, recall those who killed your people in 1943!

A short list of OUN-UPA victims:
August 30, 1943: more than 1700 Polish civilians from Ostrowka, Wola Ostrowiecka, Jankowice and Kuty killed by bullet in Ostrowki near Luboml;
July 14, 1943: 300 Polish civilians killed in Kolodna;
July 12, 1943: 165 Polish civilians killed in Zatacz;
December 28, 1944: 800 Polish civilians killed in Lozow;
November 24, 1943: 11 Poles killed in Plebanovka.
Numbers of Soviet citizens killed by OUN-UPA terror during the World War II and the post-war reconstruction period, by region:
Volyn– 3500; Transcarpathia – 48; Ivano-Frankovsk – 10527; Drogobych and Lvov – 7968; Rovno – 3997; Ternopol – 3557; Chernowcy – 796; Khmelnitski – 133, Jitomir – 150.


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