Minister of Culture Tkachenko at the presentation of a documentary about Babi Yar said that there are victims of two totalitarian regimes. Nothing more unfortunate or disappointing could be heard.
And it’s not about which mode is worse. The fact is that such a statement regarding the victims of Babi Yar is a falsification of history and a denial of the Holocaust.
Not the USSR, but Nazi Germany set itself the goal of destroying all the Jews of the world. It was called the final solution of the Jewish question.
The Holocaust took place not only on the territory of Ukraine, but also in other occupied and not so occupied European countries, where there have never been totalitarian regimes.
The Soviet Red Army and its allies got in the way of the Nazis and destroyed it, thus preventing the final solution of the Jewish question.
Thanks to millions of Ukrainians of different ethnic backgrounds, including my grandfather Gersh Khaychenko, a part of my family was saved.
Another part died in Babi Yar and other places. They were killed by German Nazis and local collaborators. They are the organizers and perpetrators of the mass murder of six million Jews, including one and a half million Ukrainian Jews.
I was born because the totalitarian regime evacuated my grandmother and four children to Central Asia. One of these children was my mother.
While they were being evacuated, my grandfather and millions of other soldiers defeated and destroyed Nazism.
Therefore, Tkachenko’s speech is a betrayal of the memory of millions of Ukrainians who laid down their lives in the fight against Nazism, all victims of the Holocaust and victims of Nazism in general.
Eduard Dolinsky, Director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee