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    Nazi Roots of Ukraine’s Conflict – Consortium News

    Nazi Roots of Ukraine’s Conflict

    Exclusive: Few Americans understand the ugly history behind the Nazi-affiliated movements that have gained substantial power in
    today’s U.S.-backed Ukrainian regime. Western propaganda has made these right-wing extremists the “good guys” versus the
    Russian “bad guys,” as Jonathan Marshall explains.
    By Jonathan Marshall

    Sen. John McCain appearing with Ukrainian rightists of the Svoboda party
    at a pre-coup rally in Kiev.

    The latest issue of Foreign Policy magazine, one of the leading journals in its field, offers a two-page photo essay on “what to see,
    do, and buy” in Lviv, a picturesque city in the Western Ukraine. “Amid the turmoil that has rocked Ukraine over the past two years,”
    the article gushes, “Lviv has stood firmly as a stronghold of national culture, language, and identity.”
    That’s one way of putting it. Another, less charitable way would be to note that Lviv has for nearly a century been a breeding ground of
    extreme Ukrainian nationalism, spawning terrorist movements, rabid anti-Semitism, and outright pro-Nazi political organizations that
    continue to pollute the country’s politics.

    On the lovely cobblestonestreets admired today by tourists flowed the blood of some 4,000 Jews who were massacred by locals in 1941, during the occupation. They were egged on by the radical Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), whose founder and wartime leader is today a national hero to many of his countrymen.

    On April 28, 2011, the 68 th anniversary of the formation of a Ukrainian Waffen-SS division, hundreds of people marched through
    Lviv, with support from city council members, chanting slogans like “One race, one nation, one Fatherland!”

    read more: https://consortiumnews.com/2016/01/28/nazi-roots-of-ukraines-conflict/

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  • Downwinder (1735 posts)
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    1. Old story. Fascists against the Communists.

    That’s how the Nazi came to power.

    • CNW (2487 posts)
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      2. Yes, seems to be never ending, it can be tiring . . .

      unless you’re the one getting bombed, your home and family destroyed.

      • Downwinder (1735 posts)
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        3. Did the US ever cone out against Franco?

        If Hitler had only gone East, he probably would have had US support.

        What would happen to an American these days if they joined an International Brigade? Say the “Abraham Lincoln Brigade.”

        • CNW (2487 posts)
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          4. Apparently, they did join, according to this . . . .

          The XV International Brigade was a mixed brigade (Brigada mixta) that fought for the Spanish Republic in the Spanish Civil War as a part of the International Brigades.

          Nicknamed Brigada Abraham Lincoln, it mustered at Albacete in Spain, in January 1937, comprising many English-speaking volunteers – arranged into a mostly British Battalion and a mostly North American Lincoln Battalion. It also included two non-English-speaking battalions, the Balkan Dimitrov Battalion and the Franco-Belgian Sixth February Battalion. It fought at Jarama, Brunete, Boadilla, Belchite, Fuentes de Ebro, Teruel and the Ebro River.

          and . . .

          Lincoln Battalion
          The Lincoln Battalion was the 17th (later the 58th) battalion of the XV International Brigade, a mixed brigade of the International Brigades also known as Abraham Lincoln Brigade (Spanish: Brigada Abraham Lincoln). It was formed by a group of volunteers from the United States who served in the Spanish Civil War as soldiers, technicians, medical personnel and aviators fighting for Spanish Republican forces against the forces of General Francisco Franco and his Spanish rebel faction. The last known surviving member of the Lincoln Battalion, Delmer Berg, died on February 28, 2016 at the age of 100.[1]

          Of the approximately 3,015 American volunteers, 681 were killed in action or died of wounds or sickness.[2]

          • Downwinder (1735 posts)
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            5. Aftermath

            After World War II ended, veterans of the Lincoln Battalion were denied military enlistment, government jobs and, according to some, were even fired by their employers. The House Un-American Activities Committee also blacklisted the names of all veterans of the Lincoln Battalion. Veterans were fired, denied housing and were refused passports for decades.[3] The FBI has denied that it maintained any files on the veterans of the Lincoln Battalion, but veterans groups claim that the federal government is merely covering up its crimes.