“We’re hoping it’s just a provocation but I always thought the days that Jews would become scapegoats for whatever reason were long over.”
- Yosef Gurevitz, saw one of the letters telling Jews to register
In the months since Ukraine’s pro-Moscow government of President Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown, accusations of fascism and anti-Semitism from both the pro-Russia and pro-Ukraine sides have been surfacing and have Vladimir Putin worried about the rising tones of hatred against Jews in the region. And now as shadows of the Holocaust…a nightmare straight from the bowels of hell…seem to be resurrecting again…Jews in Donetsk, Ukraine…over 16 years of age…are being told via letter to pay a fee of $50 U.S., provide a list of property they own, and register as Jews with the pro-Russian separatists or face loss of citizenship or expulsion.
Today, only about 70,000 remain of a once thriving two million plus Jewish community and the ghosts have now returned to haunt…the ghosts of the 1.5 million Ukrainian Jews who were exterminated between 1941 and 1945, when most Ukrainians either outright cooperated with the Nazis or simply looked away. Continue reading