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Holocaust memorial vandalized in Odessa, Kiev protesters call to burn WWII hero symbols

Published time: April 08, 2014 21:25
Edited time: April 10, 2014 18:24
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The memorial to Holocaust victims has been vandalized in Odessa, southern Ukraine. The perpetrators drew Nazi symbols-swastika and wolf-hook. While protesters in Kiev are demanding the arrest of those who wear St. George’s ribbons, symbol of WWII heroes.

The memorial to Holocaust victims in Odessa, erected on the square named after a Soviet commander Fedor Tolobyhin, has been vandalized overnight on Tuesday, local media reported.

Unidentified people painted the memorial with swastikas and wolf hooks, symbols that have been connected with Nazi ideology since the beginning of the 20th century.

The memorial was opened last October in commemoration of tens of thousands Odessa residents that died in the 1941 massacre.

“Out of the 25 thousand of people killed about 22 thousand were Jews, mainly children, women and old people. The rest were Soviet soldiers and marines who protected the city from the Nazis. All were burned by Romanian occupants,” said Roman Schwartzman, head of the association of former Nazi prisoners.

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This is not the first time WWII monument is vandalized in post-coup Ukraine. In late February the ‘Soviet Soldier’ – a monument commemorating the collective sacrifice of the Soviet army against Nazi forces – was toppled in the town of Stryi, western Ukraine.

Meanwhile, protesters in Kiev are demanding to send to prison for wearing St. George’s ribbons, symbol of WWII heroes, and other “Russian symbols.”

“We really want to rip off… St. George’s ribbon. It has stopped to be the symbol commemorating war, turning into a pro-Russian symbol” said the article “Rip off St George’s ribbon” in the a Ukrainian daily the “Commentary.”

Eastern Ukraine has been gripped by pro-Russian protests with the people demanding to hold a referendum and secede from Ukraine. Protesters in cities of Kharkov, Lugansk, Nikolaev and Dnepropetrovsk have attempted to storm government buildings but were met with government crackdown. In Donetsk and Kharkov, activists even attempted to proclaim creation of republics independent from the new authorities in Kiev.

Comments (45)


Joseph Swanson 01.05.2014 11:21

The alleged victims did this to their own monuments so as to continue the White guilt complex.


James 10.04.2014 19:05

Claus Mayer 10.04.2014 11:30

Another obvious attempt to make all Ukrainians look like fascists, which is actually wrong.

Mean while, Euromaidan people cleaned this memorial - but of couse RT will not report about that because positive news about Ukraine is strictly prohibited in Russian Media nowadays.


Euromaidan sounds like an adult ch. Maybe they could try another name?


mikeh 10.04.2014 18:38

google 'the greatest story never told'.

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