Rabbi Moshe Asman gets a response from Yad Vashem regarding the case of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky
The Yad Vashem memorial responded to Rabbi Moshe Asman who requested to confer on Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky the title of Righteous Among the Nations.
The letter reminded that the decision was made by the Supreme Court, which consists mainly of those who survived the Holocaust, and they are well aware of the details of the disaster-related cases.
Sheptytsky's case has been considered several times since the Commission was set up in 1963, and, according to members of the organization, the issue is very complex.
At present, Metropolitan Sheptytsky cannot be recognized as the Righteous because, in addition to the testimonies of the Jews he rescued, there are also testimonies from other representatives of the Jewish people who testify that he welcomed the arrival of the Nazis in 1941 who later killed large numbers of Jewish families.
Yad Vashem also noted that the title of the Righteous was conferred on Sheptytsky's brother, Klymentiy, but each case is considered separately.
In conclusion, representatives of the organization expressed their hope for further fruitful cooperation with the Jewish community of Ukraine.
Rabbi Moshe Asman wrote on his page that he would continue to help restore justice for Sheptytsky, whom he called the great humanist.
We will remind that in Lviv there was a meeting between the Ambassador of Israel Joel Lyon and the mayor of Lviv, Andriy Sadovy, during which the parties agreed to collect new data in the case of Metropolitan Sheptytsky.
The head of the UGCC, Patriarch Svyatoslav Shevchuk thanked Moshe Asman for his initiative in the matter of conferment of the title of Righteous on Andrei Sheptytsky.
The Jewish Community of Kyiv, run by Moshe Asman, is part of the United Jewish Community of Ukraine.