The son of a famous Ukrainian nationalist made anti-Semitic remarks in an interview.
In an interview with the popular 2000 weekly, Yuriy Shukhevych declared, â€œGhetto as such was invented not by Hitler but by kikes themselves. Thanks to the ghetto they survived.â€
Shukhevych is the son of the late Gen. Roman Shukhevych of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, whose Nachtigal battalion took part in the pogroms of 1941during World War II.
Shukhevych also said in the interview that Simon Wiesenthal worked for the Gestapo.
Several weeks ago, President Viktor Yuschenko awarded Yuriy Shukhevych and his father with the countryâ€™s highest award, the Hero of Ukraine, prompting an outcry from the Jewish community.
Recently, Yuschenko proposed changes to Ukraine’s criminal code to criminalize public Holocaust denial or denial of the Ukrainian famine of 1932-1933, known as Holodomor.