As my readers know, I don’t think much of Chief Rabbi of Ukraine, Yaakov Dov Bleich. But I never thought he would stoop this low. But he has. The JTA wire service just reported, Rabbi helps dedicate a memorial to Ukrainian group that collaborated with the Nazis.
Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich took part in the Aug. 21 ceremony commemorating members of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, or OUN, and its militant offshoot, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, or UPA, on the edge of a Jewish cemetery in the town of Sambir. According to Holocaust historians, the two groups were responsible collectively for the deaths of thousands of Jews and up to 100,000 Poles during World War II.
Sambir, in western Ukraine, was the site of a 1941 pogrom, a precursor to the local Jewish population’s eventual annihilation that some historians have linked to the OUN.