Against distortion of historical facts

Til: Stortinget

Dear friends!

On a Sunday stroll through sunny Oslo I stumbled upon several Czech hedgehogs coloured in blue and yellow after the Ukrainian flag. Perplexed by the message I started to look for the possible explanation and found out that there are two such installations in Oslo, next to the Central Station and right at the Airport. As stated by Bane Nor Eiendom, the company who financed the project, the piece of art under the name 'Slava Ukraini' by the author Jens Stegger Ledaal is supposed to show solidarity with the Ukrainian people. It is also explained that 'Slava Ukraini' is an old Ukrainian slogan which is being used again in the social media again nowadays [1].

What puzzles me is why the author himself or the company who financed the installation do not mention the origin of this slogan as well as historical background when it was created. 'Slava Ukraini', translated as 'Glory To Ukraine!', was first introduced in the 1940s by the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) who collaborated with the German Nazis and committed war crimes against Poles, Belorussians and Jews [2].

There are recent attempts by the Ukrainian historians and politicians to provide an alternative explanation to this slogan trying to find its uses in earlier Ukrainian history [2,3] and linking it to Euromaidan 2014. Although it is understandable from the perspective of quite recent attempts to justify existence of Ukrainian national identity, it is hardly acceptable to resort to the very same slogan actively used by the Ukrainian Nazi collaborators from the OUN and UPA responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people.

To name just a few well-known atrocities committed by the OUN and UPA:
- September, 1941, Babi Yar, Ukraine, one of the massacres in this place with over 70 000 murdered Jews carried out by the Ukrainian Auxiliary Police supervised by the Wehrmacht [3],
- March, 1943, Khatyn, Belorussia, brutal massacre of 157 inhabitants of Khatyn by the Ukrainian Nazi collaborators backed by the Dirlewanger Waffen-SS special battalion under the lead of Oskar Dirlewanger famous for his sadistic sexual orientation [4, 5],
- March - July 1943, Volyn, Poland, mass murder of 50 000 to 100 000 Poles by the UPA [6]
and many other atrocities and crimes against humanity.

To make my point clearer let’s draw parallels between the complete slogan 'Slava Ukraini! Geroyam Slava!' and the well-known Nazi salutation 'Heil Hitler! Sieg Heil!' - which served most likely as an example for the Ukrainian Nazi collaborators who created this salutation. Would you also justify using the second half of the Nazi slogan ‘Sieg Heil!’ and make an art installation in the centre of a European capital to support the Germans?

So my question to the author of this idea as well as to the people who financed and supported it: Is your intention really to show solidarity with the Ukrainians or Are you celebrating Ukrainian nationalism with its slogans rooted in blood, horror and grief of hundreds of thousands of the victims as a result of crimes the OUN and UPA? Knowing even only these few atrocities committed by the Ukrainian nationalists during the WWII, did it cross your mind that this installation under such a name in the centre of the city in a country that suffered under the Nazi regime in the 1940s itself is a huge disrespect to all the victims not to mention a complete neglect of the historical facts?

With all my respect to the talent of the artist I do not think that such installations under such names should be possible in a European capital with Nazi victims and witnesses still alive. Otherwise, you should not hide historical facts about the origin of this slogan and explain by whom it was used including listing all the crimes committed by these people.

If you support my point of view, please sign the petition, so that we all can do something against either this deliberate distortion of historical facts or mere lack of knowledge - both of which leads to spitting on the hundreds of thousands of victims just to serve the current political interests.


Natalia Sirotko-Sibirskaya









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