Continuing with this piece in PolitNavigator, by reporter Dmitry Skvortsov.
Where we left off in our story, we learned that a young lady named Diana Kolomoitseva, from the Jewish Lubavitch organization in Austria, was handing our prizes at the annual “Petro Yatsyk” Ukrainian language competition held in Kiev.
The irony of this combination is explained by Skovortsov’s headline, which translates as:
In the anniversary year of the Jewish Massacre, a Jewish organization sponsored a competition named after a Ukrainian Insurgent Army participant
The Jewish massacre in question (one of many in Ukrainian history) refers to some events which happened 250 years ago and goes by the name Koliivshchina (1768). This was, as the linked piece explains: “a very important uprising of peasants and Cossacks in 1768 in the Right-bank Ukraine against the feudal-serf, national, and religious yoke of the szlachectwo (Polish nobility or gentry)”.
In regard to the Right-bank, Left-bank thing, some explanation is required for the geographically challenged, which I know most of my American readers are, being as such that, as Miss Teen USA once pointed out, “some people out there in our nation don’t have maps”, and such-like. So here goes:
The historical area known as the “Ukrainia” (or “borderlands”) is split down the middle (North to South) by the Dniepr River.
Now, looking at the map straight on, most people would guess that the Left Bank of the River is on the left, and the Right on the right? NO! It’s exactly the opposite. See, the River flows from North to South, so Left-Right refers to your POV (point of view), or how you would view things if you were floating down the river with the current like, say, Huckleberry Finn and N-Word Jim on their raft. So, Western Ukraine would be on your right, and Eastern Ukraine would be on your left. Got it?
So, the Left Bank includes places like Poltava, and the Right Bank includes places like Vinnytsia. The two halves of the borderlands are very distinct from each other, in terms of culture and dialects. However, they always share one thing in common: Whenever the peasants revolt against the landowning gentry, they always make a beeline to kill Jews.
The pattern was set in 1648 (the Left Bank Cossack uprising) in a series of pogroms carried out by the forces of Bogdan Khmelnytsky in his “war of liberation” against Poland. An estimated 100,000 Jews were slaughtered by the Ukrainians, most of them just ordinary people like you or I: farmers, bakers, cobblers, etc. Khmelnitsky is a problematical character in Ukrainian history. Russians regard him as a hero (sort of), because he ended up screwing over the Poles and unifying Ukraine with Russia. Ukrainian Nationalists don’t know what to think of him. They don’t like the fact that he ended up uniting with Russia, but they do like the fact that he killed Jews.
Anti-Jewish massacres in the Ukraine always follow the same pattern. In which thousands of ordinary Jews pay the ultimate price for the machinations of their financial and religious elites. In this case also, a too-cozy relationship with the oppressors. And a tendency to back the wrong horse in the race. In this case, the oppressors being Polish landlords and latifundia owners, who formed good relationships with their Jewish bankers and offered perks to the Jewish ghettoes. And who treated their Ukrainian serfs probably even worse than the American colonists treated their African slaves. In fact, it was the haughty Poles who taught the Ukrainians that abominable habit which they still have to this day, of kneeling to the ground and groveling before their masters.
Now, certain well-off Jews were hired by the Poles to manage their finances, and definitely became known as “pro-oppressor” forces. When the class war broke out in the countryside (serfs vs landowners; Ukrainian peasants and Cossacks vs Polish landowners) — it quickly devolved from a class war into a race war, with ordinary Jews being in the target hairs. And, in fact, military leaders like Khmelnitsky and the others never really had the intention of abolishing serfdom, they just wanted to take the land for themselves and be the serf-owners, in place of the Poles.
This same pattern of Ukrainian fascism has repeated itself time and time again, up to and including Babiy Yar during the Nazi occupation. With ordinary Ukrainians sparing their true oppressors and venting their murderous rage against ordinary people, their own neighbors. But this is the usual pattern of fascism, in general. The unaccountable elites, including Jewish elites, get away with their crimes, while ordinary people are set against each other, like cocks in a pit.
[to be continued]