A Ukrainian court reportedly has annulled a decree that posthumously granted nationalist leader Stepan Bandera the Hero of Ukraine award. Former President Viktor Yuschenko last year granted the prestigious award to Bandera, the leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists.
Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, praised the announcement that Ukraine has stripped Bandera of the title.
“By annulling Bandera’s decoration, Ukraine has removed a disgraceful blot on the country’s moral standing in the world,” Steinberg said in a statement released Wednesday. “As an ally of the Nazis, Bandera was complicit in the murder of thousands of Jews and the destruction of their towns and villages. “Last year we joined the European Parliament in calling on Ukraine to remove the shameful award bestowed on Bandera. In doing so, Ukraine has restored its honor and has helped repair relations with both the Jewish and international communities.”