12 September 2023

Have You Heard the One about the Nazi Memorial Just outside of Philadelphia?

F%$# these guys
No, this is not a joke, there is an actual monument to members of the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the Schutzstaffel (an SS unit also known as the, "1st Galician") in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.

As Anna Russel would say, "I'm not making this up, you know."

The unit was made up of Nazi collaborators largely from the region known as Galicia. (Western Ukraine)

Why am I not surprised?

Drive north out of Philadelphia into Elkins Park and you’ll arrive at the cemetery entrance in less than 10 minutes. A couple turns off Broad Street and there it is, faintly visible from the road:

A large stone cross honoring Nazi collaborators.

The monument, in a Montgomery County community known for its synagogues, is dedicated to the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the Schutzstaffel — the Nazi military branch often referred to simply as “the SS.”

The slab was erected by veterans groups about 30 years ago at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the unit, which drew volunteers and conscripts from Nazi-occupied Ukraine to fight for Germany during World War II.


On Monday, the Forward, a Jewish newspaper, ran an article about the monument and added it to its growing list of Nazi collaborator monuments around the world.

I did Nazi this coming.

BTW, they still don't get it, "Today, some Ukrainian civic groups and veterans organizations still argue that many of the 1st Galician soldiers could be considered “freedom fighters” who stood up to Russia, rather than collaborators with the Nazis."

Seriously.  F%$# these guys.

BTW, it should be noted that units like these did commit horrific war crimes, and their enthusiasm for doing so actually shocked some senior members of the SS.

Seriously.  F%$# these guys.

I'm not alone in this sentiment toward people who want to glorify collaborators and war criminals:

In April 2021, hundreds of Ukrainians marched in Kyiv celebrating 1st Galician soldiers. President Vlodymyr Zelensky, who is Jewish, has condemned such marches and “attempts to revise truth about World War II.” 

Seriously.  F%$# these guys.


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