Ukraine Opens Criminal Probe Against 94-year-old Jewish WWII hero

In an unprecedented move, Ukrainian authorities are opening a criminal investigation into 94-year-old Jewish WWII hero, Col. Boris Steckler, who is accused of having killed a German collaborator.

Col. Boris Steckler was warned that he is expected to stand trial for killing a Ukrainian nationalist in 1952.

 

Col. Boris Steckler

Col. Boris Steckler

Steckler was a senior officer in the Soviet Army and after the war was appointed as an officer in the KGB and was responsible for capturing Germans and collaborators in western Ukraine.

During a battle in the Rivne Oblast in western Ukraine, Steckler was involved in a confrontation with nationalists who cooperated with the Germans. During the confrontation, a man by the name of Neil Hasiewicz, who was a  district judge during the war, was shot and killed.

Local nationalist groups recently filed a complaint against Steckler, accusing him of responsibility for the assassination of Hasiewicz—a fact that Steckler does not deny.

Sketch of Neil Hasiewicz

Sketch of Neil Hasiewicz

 

 

 

 

 

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Published in: on June 5, 2018 at 10:12 am  Leave a Comment  

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