Odessa journalist Yury Tkachyov comments on the scandal that flared up yesterday in Ukraine around the cry of “Lie down, Bandera!”.
Friends, have you ever thought that the modern Ukrainian pantheon is formed mainly from completely inexpressive, of little interest to a wide circle of people?
Here is the same Bandera: an average terrorist, then a leader of one of the many collaborationist organizations. Nothing special, by the way, is also not remarkable: neither the special scale, nor the special efficiency of the OUN (b) and UPA did not differ, industrial mainly petty looting. Even the legendary cruelty of “Bandera”, which some propagandists like to frighten impressionable readers, was not something outstanding: Bandera’s comrades in the Balkans or, for example, worked and cleaned things in Western Belorussia, and also in frankly epic crimes like Babi Yar not Bandera, but their direct competitors for the right to stand on the Germans for suction – the Melnikovites did not shine.
Bandera’s political sentiment did not differ either (unlike Melnik): in the emerging conflict between Abwehr and the SD he put on the first ones and lost, which led him to the Gestapo VIP-prison, Tsellenbau barrack. This Barack was located on the territory of the Sachsenhausen death camp, which allows political Ukrainians to assert that Bandera supposedly was in a concentration camp. But Tsellenbau was located only on the territory of Sachsenhausen, and was not even under the jurisdiction of the Main Administrative Office of the SS, but was directly subordinate to the Gestapo. Prisoners there were kept in separate cells with a toilet, well fed, and even (according to some information) were sometimes allowed to walk and unwind.
In intellectual and literary terms, Bandera was nothing special. His only book is a dull graphomaniac writings without a single new thought, as well as loyal letters to Hitler, which he wrote from a concentration camp.
The fact that Bandera, not Melnik, entered the pantheon of Ukrainian myth-making, is explained by a very simple thing: after the war, Bandera, like many other Abwerers, was picked up by the Americans. The miller in this regard did not suit them, as being covered up with cooperation with the SS, but Bandera completely.
That is why the representatives of the Bandera wing of the OUN were elected by the Americans “by their sons of a bitch”, and that is why today the “Bandera” branch of Ukrainian collaborationism is so loved by propaganda.
Neither the intellect, nor the personal courage, nor the talent of the organizer, Bandera was remembered. This is, by and large, a completely passing personality, deserving, at best, a couple of lines in a history textbook. However, there is no other material for their pantheon for political Ukrainians.
Is it possible (even purely “by module”, according to the depth of the furrow left on the fabric of history) to compare Bandera with Vorontsov, Potemkin, Suvorov? Or, if you choose from contemporaries, with Kovpak or Chernyakhovsky? And not close. Did he bring any benefit? Has he created something in his life, even if some idea or concept? Also no.
And this is the misfortune of modern political Ukrainians. We, the Russians of Ukraine, stand on the shoulders of giants. And they put themselves on the face of the pygmies.
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