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Sol Littman   Letter 17   18-Oct-1999   Can't publish your letter
"I suppose I should be flattered to be added to the long list of persons you have attempted to savage on your web site." Sol Littman
  October 18, 1999

Sol Littman
Director, Simon Wiesenthal Center
8 King Street East, Suite 710
Toronto, ON
CANADA,  M5C 1B5

Tel: (416) 864-9735
Fax: (416) 864-1083


Sol Littman:

On 15Oct99, I received a second letter from you dated 12Oct99.

I regret to inform you that because your letter does not meet Ukrainian Archive standards of accuracy, fairness, and coherence, I cannot publish it on the Ukrainian Archive.  After reading your letter, I realized that my offer that "every letter written by Jewish representatives to me has been, and will continue to be, published on the Ukrainian Archive" was ill considered, and to protect the Ukrainian Archive from being inundated with writing of low quality, I have modified my offer by inserting the word "responsible": "every responsible letter written by Jewish representatives to me has been, and will continue to be, published on the Ukrainian Archive."  Of course my guarantee to publish the documents I have requested from you which inculpate the Galicia Division still stands.

By way of illustrating the carelessness with which your letter was written, I bring to your attention that your Yakov Bleich should have been Yaakov Bleich, your Yitzchak Arad should have been Yitzhak Arad, your Robert Magosci should have been Robert Magocsi, your Raymond Hntyshyn should have been Raymon Hnatyshyn, your The Echo should have been Our View, and your representing Israel Roitman as a partisan clashes with his confessing himself to have been a SMERSH agent.

Or, to demonstrate your carelessness in representing my position, you offer the following as a list of people that I have "attempted to savage":

I suppose I should be flattered to be added to the long list of persons you have attempted to savage on your web site: Morley Safer, Yakov Bleich, Simon Wiesenthal, Yitzchak Arad, Neal Sher, Alan Dershowitz, Philip Roth, Yoram Sheftel, Alberto Moravia, Anne McLellan, Robert Mogosci, Jerzy Kosinski, Elie Wiesel, George Soros, Leonid Kuchma, poet Robert Southey and many others.

However, in the case of Yoram Sheftel, my coverage has been largely positive, and only once critical; and in the cases of Philip Roth, Alberto Moravia, and Robert Southey, my coverage has been admiring and complimentary.  These three are on the Ukrainian Archive because I respect their work and because I agree with the passages that I cite.  Your listing them as people that I have "attempted to savage" is a demonstration of the weak research that underlies so many of your pronouncements.

But don't take my word for it see for yourself by clicking on the following links:

Philip Roth:  On Diasporism
Philip Roth:  On John Demjanjuk
Alberto Moravia:  Image of a Ukrainian collaborator
Robert Southey: The Battle of Blenheim


The above constitute some factual errors that happen to be readily verifiable.  The rest of your letter is laden with errors that would take longer to refute.  As your Tryzub and Swastika Speech of 31Aug97 is so heaped with errors that it already strains my resources to refute even a fraction of them, I have no choice but to decline to add this new batch of errors to the pile.

May I suggest that if you are interested in disseminating the contents of your letter, you submit it for publication to the Simon Wiesenthal web site.



Lubomyr Prytulak


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