U.S. Holocaust Museum Speaks Out About Anti-Romani Violence and Antisemitism in Ukraine
On April 21 members of the neo-Nazi Ukrainian organization C14 in the Holosiyiv District of Kyiv forced 15 families to flee the area and burned down their dwellings. On May 9, approximately 30 masked men burned down the Rudne settlement in the L’viv district. The Roma were targeted by the Nazis during World War II and at least 200,000 were killed by the Germans and their collaborators. There has also been an alarming rise in antisemitic activity including the desecration of Jewish memorial sites, torchlight marches and antisemitic speeches organized by neo-Nazi groups in L’viv and Odessa glorifying Nazi collaborators who participated in the mass murder of Ukrainian Jews.
The Museum urges the Ukrainian government to consistently combat new manifestations of intolerance – including antisemitism and anti-Romani sentiment – and to honestly confront the country’s past, including the participation of some Ukrainians in the murder of Jews and Roma during the World War II. Ensuring consistency in the government’s approach and the commitment of national resources to initiatives to memorialize and educate about the tragedy of Babyn Yar and the Holocaust in Ukraine will be positive steps in this process.