November 25, 1999
I call to your attention the book by Valery Styrkul, We Accuse: Documentary Sketch, Dnipro Publishers, Kiev, 1984 — a tidy little piece of KGB disinformation whose primary purpose is to discredit Ukrainian nationalism by smearing the Galicia Division, and which secondarily seizes the opportunity to stir up opposition to American weapons development, and to incite inter-ethnic antagonisms between Ukrainians, Poles, and Jews.
Nazi war criminals feel completely at home in other Western countries, too. Thus, veteran SS men of the Halychyna Division openly associate in different "brotherhoods" in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Argentina and West Germany. [...] The world public demands that these sadists be brought before the tribunal of history and conscience. Numerous public organizations in the USA, Canada and elsewhere, as well as many lawyers and other individuals are obviously deeply convinced that war criminals should be decisively opposed as the instigators and direct executors of the insane plans for the revival of Nazism, whether or not this doctrine is presented as a "modern" trend.
On May 16, 1944, Himmler visited the Division. And he made a speech, in which we have a record, the record of it in the National Archives in Washington. And in that speech, he congratulated the Division for having made the Ukraine a much more beautiful place than it had been previously by eliminating the Jews, who had been a blemish on the landscape.
And, after all, what was there to talk about? For as Himmler put it, Galicia "became all the more beautiful for having lost on our, so to say, initiative the residents who were so often a blemish on the good name of Galicia — that is, the Jews."