UGCC Metropolitan Sheptytsky’s letter to the Pope about the genocide of Jews dated 1942 published

30 September 2019, 12:46 | History, archaeology | 2 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

On the day of remembrance of the victims of the Babyn Yar tragedy, the Ukrainian View (Ukrayinsky Pogliad) distributed a letter written in 1942 by UGCC Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky to the Pope. It reports that under German occupation a genocide of Jews was evolving.

Lviv, March 28 [1]942.

In Pace

Holy Father,
 we have been living under Hitler's regime for nearly ten months so far(...) As we move East, the Germans are becoming more and more voluntarist and completely reckless in the manifestations of national selfishness that knows no boundaries. They consider all Jews as military opponents and arrange massacres in which thousands of Jews perish together with the women and children, for example, in all large cities of Ukraine they exterminated all Jews who had failed to run away before their army came— in Kyiv  they amounted to nearly 130 000, according to descriptions which seem reliable; similar quantity was recorded in other cities.
At first, in our country, they had not yet gone into a rage enough to arrange such a spectacle in front of the population; they wanted, apparently, to blame him for the murders; they often ordered the local police to execute hundreds of Jews without trial and photographed executions. In Lviv, thus, according to the Israeli Community, 15,000 Jews were executed, and officials of that Community were forced to give official testimony to the authorities that the Jews were killed by Ukrainians.

From the very beginning of the war the mobs of the young were enlisted in the local militia, and it seems an indisputable [fact] (il semble certain) that this militia was used for such bloody deeds. In a letter to Himmler, I protested against it, as I should have done — and it seems that I achieved nothing. In the only way possible at the time, I published a pastoral letter on the crime of homicide and tried to warn the young people through the clergy not to enlist in the police or other organizations where their souls might be in danger. The Jews were not the only ones who were arrested and executed — hundreds, perhaps thousands, of intellectuals died without trial just because they were considered enemies (...)
[CDIAL. — F. 201. — Op. 1T. - SPR. 90. — FCA.25-26. handwritten, French.]

The photo features a Studite monk Daniel Timsina together with Jewish children during the Holocaust


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  • | 30 September 2019, 15:23
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    На жаль, як добре відомо, в роки 2-ї світової війни Ватикан ніяк публічно не реагував на подібну інфу. Тобто зберігав повну МОВЧАНКУ (приховував правду) щодо цих та інших - супержахливих і великомасштабних злочинів нацистського ІІІ Райху. ---- Як також, між іншим, і нині Святий престол всуціль МОВЧИТЬ (приховує правду) стосовно дійсної ролі РФ в силовій анексії Крима та розв'язуванні і веденні кривавої агресивної війни на Сході України... -------------- А от митрополит Андрей Шептицький вітчизняною єврейською спільнотою офіційно визнаний як "праведник України".

  • Ігор Затятий | 30 September 2019, 13:15
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    Мова йде про не визнаного Яд Вашемом праведником світу владику Андрея?

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