For over 30 years, no one had seen the gray stone cross with the jagged, pointed edges standing amid other graves.
A monument honoring members of the Ukrainian Waffen S.S. Division has lately come to the attention of the Jewish community in the Philadelphia region. It is located in the Elkins Park suburb’s St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery.
The American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey regional director, Marcia Bronstein, responded by saying, “We really do look forward to being partners and exploring how they can best condemn this and how they can remove this statue that is so painful to the Jewish community.”
Questions are being directed to the Ukrainian Catholic Arch Diocese because the cemetery has not yet responded.
The memorial appears to have been put in place soon after the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991.
According to the AJC, it fits into a pattern whereby formerly communist nations recognize historical individuals who fought against communism while downplaying their involvement with the German Nazis during World War II.