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  1. https://ukrainianjewishencounter.org/en/saved-by-sheptytsky/

    Saved by Sheptytsky
    Posted On: December 18th, 2015
    Posted In: History, Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky

    “No harm will come to you here.”

    Lilly Pohlman says she will remember these words till the end of her days. Along with the memory of a giant of a man gently reassuring her during the horror of Nazi brutality in the Second World War.

    Over 150 other Jews who survived the Holocaust in Ukraine have similar memories. Three of them—Pohlman, Oded Amaranth, and Dr. Leon Chameides—share their personal recollections of that gentle giant, Metropolitan Archbishop Andrei Count Sheptytsky, in the documentary film Saved by Sheptytsky.

    In just twenty-four minutes, this film delivers a poignant and powerful message.

    Defying extreme danger, Sheptytsky used the administrative structure of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church to cleverly defy the Nazis. OVER 240 URAINIAN PRIEST AND NUNS risked their lives hiding Jewish children, including in monasteries throughout the territory that makes up today’s western Ukraine.


    Lilly Pohlman points out that Metropolitan Sheptytsky was [not] the only church hierarch who protected Jews from the Nazis. She and fellow survivor Chameides both recall the TALMUD quote. “Whosoever saves one life saves the entire world.”

    Raya Shadursky, Director of Operations for the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter who is also one of the film’s scriptwriters and producers, said the driving force in making the film was to ensure history remembered the metropolitan’s actions.

    “We wanted to make sure we could document those who were still alive who were saved by Sheptytsky, and to document them for public archives, not just ours,” she said. “This underscores the sacrifice Metropolitan Sheptytsky took to save more than 150 Jewish children.”

    “Saved by sheptytsky UJE English version”

  2. Brother, is this posted as “Code Bugnolo” for whom the Great Prelate might be? Would make sense. Interesting both that before his current appointment he was in Buenos Aires and his remarks regarding Moscow’s Kyril.
    From Wikipedia
    On his own election Edit
    In April 2011, Shevchuk said while visiting Rome to meet Pope Benedict XVI, that he believes he was elected “despite my age”. Ukrainian bishops from around the world, who met in a synod in late March to elect a new Major Archbishop for their church, were looking for a leader who could “unite the church in Ukraine and outside Ukraine”, who could “promote the unity of Christians in Ukraine and establish some sort of dialogue with the new Ukrainian government. …The No. 1 priority for each head of a church is evangelization, preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in today’s world. …Of course, our church is growing, is developing its structures, … but we are conscious that the decision about the patriarchate belongs to the Holy Father and we would never press him. We respect his freedom.” Shevchuk said his age is not really so shocking when one considers that the average age of his priests is about 35. “In our tradition, we do have a married clergy, but a married clergy is not the main reason we have so many young priests”, he added.[15]

    On 22 June 2011 Shevchuk was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches to a five-year term.[citation needed]

    On meeting with the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Edit
    When asked in April 2011 whether he would wish to meet the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, Shevchuk said that “I would like very much to visit him and hold a personal meeting with him. I am convinced that in peacefully and openly communicating with each other, we can relieve any tension … I think that today, we should heal the wounds rather than irritate and deepen them. One can heal the wounds of our memory only with mutual forgiveness. Therefore, as for any of our brethren or neighbors who wounded us or were wounded by us, the best way to communicate is to be open in a brotherly dialogue, be open to the purification of our memory, to ask for forgiveness and to forgive.”[16]

    1. No, I posted this and many other things about Ukraine and Russia, because as an anthropologist I believe one understands events better when one understands the peoples, cultures and histories of a land.

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