Forward.com, an award-winning independent Jewish news site, recently published an article which claims that a monument to a Nazi military division is located at Saint Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery (also known as Fox Chase Cemetery) at Cedar and Glenmore avenues in an Elkins Park section of Abington Township.
According to the article, the monument honors the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS’ 1st Galician, commonly known as “SS Galichina.” It goes on to detail the outfit’s history of war crimes, and notes that similar monuments have been condemned by various international Jewish organizations:
Marches and monuments honoring SS Galichina in other nations including Canada have been condemned by Jewish organizations and the governments of Ukraine, Germany and Israel. The Forward has over the last three years documented more than 1,600 monuments, memorials and streets honoring Holocaust perpetrators and Third Reich collaborators in 30 countries.
The author writes that the monument was revealed in May on Twitter by Moss Robeson, who is described as “a researcher of Ukraine’s far-right,” and that its stone cross “bears SS Galichina’s insignia and the inscriptions ‘In memory of Ukrainian soldiers’ in English and ‘1st Ukrainian Division’ and ‘Fighters for Ukraine’s freedom’ in Ukrainian.”
The new OUN-B leader has finished his tour of the US in Philadelphia where he visited a 30 year old memorial to the 🇺🇦division of the Nazi Waffen-SS that has apparently flown under the radar since it was established in 1993 to mark the 50th anniversary of the “Galician Division.” pic.twitter.com/UMAiBtHUDV
— Moss Robeson (@mossrobeson__) May 8, 2023
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