“If we are to deal with our shared past, we must apologize and we must be apologized.”
Would you believe if I say that I hear from some Ukrainians – and quite seriously – that the Volhynian crime was invented by the Kremlin to quarrel Ukrainians with Poles? – asks Igor Isajew, the Ukrainian journalist of Jacek Tacik in his series “Polish-non-Polish conversations”.
A graduate of the University of Warsaw. He writes for the weekly Ukrainians in Poland “Our Word” and the Kiev weekly “Diełowaja Stolica”. He runs a blog in Polish: “Igor Isajew – Ukrainian in Poland”. Member of the Citizens of the Republic of Poland.
Five years ago, he symbolically apologized for the Volhynian crime. Every year – on July 11, on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Volhynia – he renews his apologies and asks for forgiveness. He also expects this from the Polish side.
– The Seym commemorated the murdered, but humiliated contemporary Ukrainians – assessed the establishment by the Polish parliament of July 11 as the National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Genocide committed by Ukrainian nationalists on the citizens of the Second Polish Republic.
Jacek Tacik: Do you stick your nose in your affairs?
Igor Isajewicz: They say.
Polish people. And other Ukrainians from Poland. They are a bit scared. And they would prefer not to lean out. Be quiet. Do not disturb anyone. Very Soviet thinking. I lean out. I am claiming the rights of the Ukrainian minority and immigrants. And for democracy. I already do. Maybe because I was shaped by the Orange Revolution?
Me is me: Igor Sajewicz. I cannot and would not even like to take responsibility for all Ukrainians in Poland. Anyway, does anyone really think that every Ukrainian in Poland is the same?
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