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In an interview last week on Jung & Naiv, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andrey Melnyk once again defended Ukrainian fascist, anti-Semite and Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera. It is not a surprise. Melnyk is a known Bandera fan.
This time, however, Melnyk went further than usual. Not only did he praise Bandera as a “freedom fighter,” but he denied that the OUN (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists) units Bandera commanded committed mass murder. “There is no evidence that Bandera’s troops murdered hundreds of thousands of Jews,” he said.
Melnyk’s statements are on the level of Holocaust deniers. The Banderists’ involvement in pogroms, mass shootings of Jews and the Nazi war of extermination against the Soviet Union is an indisputable historical fact.
When journalist Tilo Jung confronted Melnyk about the crimes committed by Bandera, the Ukrainian ambassador defended them thus: “I will not tell you today that I disassociate myself from them. And that’s all”.
Jung had previously quoted from a leaflet the OUN distributed as the Nazi Wehrmacht entered Lviv: “People, you must know this: Muscovites, Poles, Hungarians and Jews are your enemies. Destroy them, you must know that. Your management, your boss, Stepan Bandera”.
Melnyk’s statements not only expose the Ukrainian government, which worships Bandera and the OUN despite their genocidal crimes, erects statues and renames streets and squares in his honor.
They also shed light on the essentially fascist character of the ruling class in Germany which, 81 years after the invasion of the Soviet Union, is again massively rearming and playing a leading role in the NATO-led proxy war. against Russia in Ukraine
Melnyk is a central figure here. He is a sought-after guest on talk shows where he drums up calls for new German arms deliveries to Ukraine. When Chancellor Scholz announced Germany’s mass rearmament in the Bundestag on February 27, Melnyk was guest of honor.
The German government’s silence on Melnyk’s recent remarks is not just outrageous. It is part of a deliberate campaign to rehabilitate fascism and ultimately also Hitler.
In 2014, far-right Humboldt University professor Jörg Baberowski told the magazine Der Spiegel: “Hitler was not a psychopath, and he was not cruel. He didn’t want people talking about the extermination of the Jews at his table. Baberowski too is courted and defended by politicians and the media.
The SGP (Socialist Equality Party in Germany) and the IYSSE warned at the time that the relativization of the historical crimes of German imperialism served to prepare new wars and new crimes. This now turns out to be true.
We must without wasting time draw the necessary conclusions from the return of militarism, fascism and war, and join the struggle to build a powerful anti-war socialist movement of the international working class.
(Article first published in English on July 4, 2022)