Jerusalem – The Simon Wiesenthal Center today sent a strong letter of protest to the city council of the Ukrainian city of Ternopil, which just named its newly rebuilt football stadium after Ukrainian Nazi collaborator Roman Shukhevych, whose forces were active participants in the mass murder of Jews and Poles in World War II.
In a letter sent today to Ternopil mayor Serhiy Nadal and the local city council, the Center’s chief Nazi-hunter Holocaust historian Dr. Efraim Zuroff emphasized Shukhevych’s role in Holocaust and World War II crimes and urged that the stadium be renamed for Ukrainian Righteous Among the Nations.
According to Zuroff:
“It is fully understandable that your city seeks to honor those who fought against Soviet Communism, but the mass murder of innocent fellow citizens because of their religion or nationality should totally disqualify any such person from being turned into a national hero.
“We urge you to reconsider your unfortunate and totally outrageous decision and suggest that you instead honor Ukrainian Righteous Among the Nations who have been honored by Yad Vashem for risking their lives to save innocent Jews from the likes of Shukheych and those under his command.”
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