The Ukrainian Jewish Committee’s director has harshly criticized a decision by the Ukrainian capital’s legislature to name streets after Nazi collaborators.
Eduard Dolinsky said the Kyiv city council ruled Tuesday to name a city street after Ivan Pavlenko, whom he described as a Nazi collaborator and war criminal. Dolinsky said on Facebook Wednesday that Pavlenko led a Ukrainian unit involved in the killing of tens of thousands of Jews during the Nazi occupation of Ukraine.
Dolinsky said that the city legislators also named another Kyiv street after Nil Khasevich, an activist of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, who drew anti-Semitic cartoons and was involved in mass killings of Poles during World War II.
Dolinsky described the city council’s move as an insult to Holocaust victims. The Ukrainian authorities had no immediate reaction.
A street in Kiev was just named after Nazi collaborator and war criminal Ivan Pavlenko – chief of Ukrainian Auxiliary Police and commander of 109 Shutzmannshaft batallion where he participated in mass killings of tens of thousand of Jews. The pic shows him in Berlin in 1943. pic.twitter.com/2t9Nqgs4rr
— Eduard Dolinsky (@edolinsky) November 13, 2019