An­ti­semitic author gets Ukraine award

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY SAM SOKOL

LAST WEEK, Ukrainian Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko shocked the Jewish com­mu­nity by hon­our­ing an­ti­semitic author Va­syl Kvas­novsky with the pres­ti­gious Or­der of Free­dom.

Kvas­novsky blamed the Jews for Soviet atroc­i­ties dur­ing the war and for mass-famines en­gi­neered by the Sovi­ets dur­ing the 1930s. In his book From Gloom to Light: Mus­covite-Kikes Syn­drome of the Holo­caust of Ukraine, hequot­edthe fab­ri­cated an­ti­semitic text The Pro­to­cols of the El­ders of Zion.

Rabbi Moshe Az­man, who serves the Jewish com­mu­nity in Kiev, wrote to Mr Poroshenko declar­ing his de­ci­sion to award the honour to Mr Kvas­novsky an “in­ter­na­tional scan­dal which casts a black shadow… on Ukraine”.

The an­nounce­ment of the award was later amended but it re­mains un­clear whether the award was with­drawn or MrKv as nov sky’ s name merely re­moved from the pres­i­dent’s web page.

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