Memorial plaque to 1st Galician SS Division’s fighter is installed in Ukraine

18.11.2020, Kiev.

A memorial plaque in honor of the 110th anniversary of the 1st Galician SS Division fighter Aleksey Babiya’s birth was installed in the village of Zhiznomir (Ternopol region of Ukraine), the director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee Eduard Dolinsky wrote on November 18 on Facebook.

“The memorial plaque in honor of the 110th anniversary of the ‘hero’s’ birth was opened in his home village Zhiznomir, Ternopol region in Ukraine to the strains of the Ukrainian anthem. The district administration, officials, general public, and priests attended the ceremony,” Dolinsky said.

He noted that Babiy, together with Hitler’s troops, arrived in Kyiv in September 1941 and was involved in mass extermination of 34 thousand Jews.

Since 1943, Babiy also served in the Ukrainian Nazi 1st Galician SS Division (14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS), whose members swore an oath to Adolf Hitler. Recall that the 1st Galician SS Division (14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS) was part of Nazi Germany’s Waffen SS. Units and subunits of the 1st Galician SS Division took an active part in hostilities against partisans in France, Poland, former Yugoslavia, and Western Ukraine. These units took part in Nazi punitive operations in south-eastern Poland. Militants of the SS “Galicia” division committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. The 1st Galician SS Division was part of the Waffen-SS, an elite unit of the wartime German Armed Forces. According to the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, the Waffen-SS was ruled to be a criminal organization, and its members were convicted accordingly.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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