The Ukrainian Revolution’s Jewish Question

Russian propaganda is branding Ukraine's new government as neo-Nazi by raising the specter of the country's historic anti-Semitism. But the implied argument that Russia is refighting WWII, and once again rescuing Jews from nationalist pogromists, is simply not credible.

WARSAW – “And from a Jewish perspective?” I asked Josef Zissels. The veteran Ukrainian dissident, Jewish activist, and passionate advocate of Ukraine’s “Maidan” movement, had just finished briefing a Warsaw audience about the movement’s spectacular victory and President Viktor Yanukovych’s fall from power. “There is no Jewish perspective,” he answered. “There are Jews on both sides of the divide.”