On June 21, the First Vice-President of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, President of the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress, Head of the European Jewish Parliament (EJP) and People’s Deputy of Ukraine Vadim Rabinovich spoke in the Senate of France at a hearing where the issue of reviving neo-Nazi movements in Ukraine was discussed. The Ukrainian delegation of deputies headed by Vadim Rabinovich was in France on a visit. During the visit a meeting with the Director of the Department of Continental Europe of the French Foreign Ministry Frédéric Mondoloni was also held.
“Recently there have been dangerous phenomena of rewriting history and the rise of neo-Nazi sentiments in Ukraine. Repeated attempts are being made to revive and exalt the SS Galicia division, whose members were recognized as war criminals yet by the Nuremberg Tribunal. It is important that we discuss this issue publicly and talk about it today, one might say, in the very heart of democracy – France. We will continue to fight these shameful phenomena and hope do so together, so that dangerous neo-Nazi sentiments cannot gain popularity again either in Ukraine or in any other country in the world, ” claimed Vadim Rabinovich.
Earlier this year leaders of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress expressed their deep concern over the parade held in Kiev on the occasion of the SS Galicia division creation and condemned the ongoing glorification of Nazis collaborators. In the official appeal the EAJC leaders stated that ‘‘preserving the memory of Holocaust victims and resisting anti-Semitism are not the internal affairs of certain countries or Jewish communities. They are a collective responsibility of civil society.’’