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Kyiv Scoop | 30Apr2013 | Steve Bandera
Revenge of the Himkas
is at it again. This time he's obfuscating the present AND the past.
In his latest assault, launched at the Harriman Institute
New York on April 22, 2013, Himka has taken aim at the Lonsky Street
During his talk "The Lontsky Street Prison Memorial
Museum. An Example of Postcommunist Holocaust Negationism,"
that the museum is engaged in Holocaust denial and suffers from a case
of “deflective negationism.”
Is Himka, who claims expertise in history and facial
recognition, now a psychologist? No, “deflective negationism” is a term
widely, and almost exclusively, used to help categorize the deniers,
diminishers and distorters
of the mass murder of millions of Jews in Europe during WW2.
In his talk, Himka charged that the Lonsky Street Museum is
a hotbed of Holocaust negation. But it appears that he hasn’t actually
there: the slide show accompanying his talk pictured a neighbouring
the site of the prison. Close, but wrong.
according to Ukrainian historian Volodymyr Viatrovych,
one of the museum’s
founders. The Lonsky Street Museum has hosted a number of events and
devoted to the Holocaust. A quick search of the museum’s website shows
a number of them, including:
There are others, and more are planned to take place at the museum that
has only been opened for three years.
There is only one permanent exhibit currently functioning at the young
museum covering the Soviet NKVD executions that occurred in the prison
and courtyard in June, 1941. Towards the end of the exhibit, the names
of each of the 700+ victims are written out: Ukrainians, Poles, Jews,
Russians, and other nationalities.
Meanwhile, back in New York, Viatrovych, who was present at the Himka
presentation, dared challenge the University of Alberta professor, but
he was cut
off by one of Himka’s protégés, Per Anders Rudling,
one of the workshop’s organizers.
Rudling has his own bone to pick with the museum. When it
was announced that the director of Lonsky Street Museum was coming to
Canada on a lecture tour last year,
Rudling attempted to discredit his “astonishingly
modest [academic] credentials... only a master's degree” and wrote that
“Jewish suffering is omitted” by
the museum -- an outright lie.
A little more poking around the website, and you’ll find the
possible and probable cause of why Himka is taking aim at the Lonsky
Street Memorial Museum: posted is a
damning 19,000-word review of Himka’s 2011 submission to
the Canadian Slavonic Papers called “The
Lviv Pogrom of 1941: The Germans, Ukrainian Nationalists, and the
Himka's issue with the museum appears to be that it
dares to look at Ukraine’s nationalists as something other than
and “Hitler-lovers” -- monikers once assigned by Soviet propaganda and
parroted by many in academia.
The history of the matter is that The Lonsky Street Museum is based
around a prison that was
used by Poles (1918-1939), Soviets (1939-1941), Nazis (1941-1944) and
Soviets again (1944-1991), and was closed in the mid-1990s.
And Ukrainian nationalists were prisoners there all
years, under all those regimes. The museum is doing
nothing more, nothing less than telling the prison's history. But
that's not enough for Himka et al.