USA Today reported today that in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk, citizens who are Jewish were given flyers that ordered them to register themselves. Consequences of not registering include citizenship being revoked and deportation. Sound familiar? As the Second World War broke out, Jews across Europe were forced to register themselves. Then they were forced to wear the Star of David. Then they were shipped to Concentration Camps. Then over six million Jewish citizens in Europe were murdered. Most gassed to death.
Of course, it is very unlikely that the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine are going to start an “ethnic cleansing” campaign. People call Putin the new Hitler, saying that the Russian President's actions in Crimea are very similar to the German leader's actions in 1938, when the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia. But Vladimir Putin wouldn't let a holocaust happen, would he?
According to USA Today and other articles, the pro-Russians are reassuring us that Jewish citizens are in no danger whatsoever. But can they be believed? Or will history repeat itself.
Read the USA Today article by clicking here.
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Matthew Frank Kot was born and raised here in Sault Ste Marie. He first starting writing articles for Soonews.ca in early 2008, becoming the city's youngest columnist and journalist. He then went on to write for Local2, and for a short time had his "MATTer of Opinion" column on SaultOnline.com. Matthew was very involved in the 2010 and 2014 Municipal Elections and wrote several opinion pieces about important issues. In 2011, Matthew started Sault Transit Reform and has continued advocating for a better transit system since then.