Flash : in Ukraine, the SS are not seen as Nazis if they are Ukrainian

The photo at left is showing the swearing-in ceremony of the Ukrainian SS, likely on October 22, 1943

On December 5, 2022, as conclusion of a five-year-long legal debate, the Supreme Court states that the insignia of the Ukrainian 14. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS, Galizien (1943-1945), does not belong to the Nazis, is therefore not prohibited in Ukraine.

Within the international Schutzstaffel (SS), the Ukrainian division was formed on April 28, 1943, with volunteers from Galicia region, in German occupied eastern Poland, western Ukraine nowadays. German authorities pledged that the new formation would not confront Western allies, would fight the Bolsheviks. In February 1944, the division operated against Soviet and Polish anti-Nazi partisans. In July, the Red Army swept up the Ukrainian SS. After last fighting in Slovakia and Austria, war crimes everywhere, the survivors surrendered to the British and US forces in May 1945.

The argument of the court is that the emblem of the SS division is depicting a golden lion with three crowns on a blue shield, a common heraldic symbol, popular in different countries, that such a lion was already on the coat of arms of the Galicia-Volhynia principality (yesterday, 14th century).

That decision is a victory for the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, an openly revisionist State agency. Many Ukrainians, members of the armed forces or civilians during demonstrations, are bearing nowadays the emblem as a reference to the Ukrainian SS

Demonstration in Kiev on April 28, 2021, for the 78th anniversary of the Ukrainian SS division

The whole file about Nazism in Ukraine

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