Pro-Russian separatists are starting to behave like pre World War II Nazis as it is being reported that Jews in an eastern Ukrainian city are being ordered to “register.”
Similar to the same tactics Hitler used 70 years ago, Jewish people in Donetsk were handed leaflets near a local synagogue telling them to list any property they own and pay a $50 registration fee.
One Ukrainian man who was not identified, sent the leaflet to friends in Israel and said, “They told me that masked men were waiting for Jewish people after the Passover eve prayer, handed them the flier and told them to obey its instructions.”
The anti-Semitic leaflets were signed by Denis Pushilin, who identifies himself as chairman of the industrial city’s temporary government. The flyers warned that Jews who refuse the order will “have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,”
Pushilin later confirmed that the leaflets were distributed under his group’s name, but denied any connection to them.
“The material is very anti-Semitic and reminds me of the kind of material distributed by the Nazis in World War II,” Alex Tenzer, a Kiev-native who serves as a director for the National Association of Immigrants in Israel, told the website.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said it was “grotesque and beyond unacceptable” that Jews were ordered to identify themselves.
“We do not know if the leaflet was spread by pro-Russian forces or someone else, but it did manage to create quite a fear,” Olga Reznikova, 32, who is Jewish, told Ynet News.
“This reminds me of texts from darker times.”
History always has a strange way of repeating itself. If Vladimir Putin continues his takeover of Ukrainian cities and targets Jewish citizens, like Hitler, he will surely draw the wrath of the United States and it’s allies.
For more on the story, check out [USAToday]