Per this discussion.
Denying the presence of anti-Semitism in Ukraine is, in my opinion, naive (I’ve walked past graffiti drawings of stars of David on the gallows – just as I have walkled past graffiti drawings of swastikas on the gallows; people in Ukraine are, as ever, struggling for a national and cultural identity, and anti-Semitism continues to be an issue – I HATE it when people start acting as though it doesn’t exist). Saying that Ukraine is some sort of cesspool of ferocious and, for that matter, natural anti-Semitism is also misguided. Katya, in commenting on this blog, mentioned that she has been told that Slavs are “genetically” anti-Semitic. I’ve never had a person go that far with me, but it’s possible. Incidentally, I once sat next to a guy at the beginning of a new semester, and after we made our introductions and chatted (loudly) about where we’re from, he suddenly asked me, with a perfectly straight face: “So are you and your people still into killing my people?”
I doubt that anyone would say anything similar to a German today, particularly if it were done in public. No? Am I wrong? Should we be asking each other these questions nowadays, just so we don’t fall into the trap of, oh I don’t know, repeating the mistakes of the past? But then again, if we ask these questions selectively – how far along have we come?
I have to say – after the Fall (of the Soviet Union), it still seems to be easy to “Otherize” the former USSR.