Photo Credit: Eduard Dolinsky via Twitter screen grab
Nazi swastika on a field of scarlet similar to WWI Nazi flag, in Gorodok Mall, Kiev, Ukraine

A facsimile of the Nazi flag with a giant swastika in the middle was painted on to a central staircase in the middle of the Gorodok shopping mall in the Ukraine capital city of Kiev this weekend.


The “decoration” appeared in the mall several hours before Ukrainian nationalists marched through central Kiev, according to Eduard Dolinsky, director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee. The Ukrainian nationalist organization “Sokil” held a rally in the capital brandishing the neo-Nazi Wolfsangel symbol, Dolinsky reported on Twitter.

Some 100,000 Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis and their local collaborators at Babi Yar, a ravine in Kiev, during the Holocaust in World War II.

Less than a week ago, a memorial wall at the Jewish cemetery in Kolomiya, Ukraine was vandalized with anti-Semitic grafitti.

Amid the myriad anti-Semitic “heroes” of World War II who have been honored by Ukraine in recent days, Simon Petlura was one of the most notorious. A bas-relief was installed last month in his honor as well – also in Kiev.

One has to wonder what Jews are still doing there, and what more it might take to convince them to leave, if not for their own safety, then at least for the well-being of their families.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.