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Free WSJ read titled, "Who Is Volodymyr Zelensky? What to Know About Ukraine’s President
Born on Jan. 25, 1978, Mr. Zelensky grew up in a gritty, Russian-speaking region in southeast Ukraine. His background was Jewish; several family members died in the Holocaust while his grandfather served in World War II as an officer in the Soviet army. His father, a mathematician, and his mother, an engineer, chose to stay in Ukraine while many other Jews departed for the U.S. or Israel when the former Soviet Union permitted them to emigrate. Childhood friends recall how he stood out for his earring and his good grades in school. He later obtained a law degree at Kyiv National Economic University.
Mr. Zelensky himself has made little of his Jewish identity, saying in 2020 that he came from an ordinary Soviet Jewish family and that most such families weren’t religious. This appears to ignore how Jews in the former Soviet Union, including Ukraine, largely had to suppress their religious identity and were viewed as outsiders. Some commentators have suggested this has informed Mr. Zelensky’s own self-image as an outsider, reflected in both his TV work and his presidential campaign in 2019.
Ukrainians appear more favorably disposed toward Jews than do the people of other countries that were in the Soviet bloc. A Pew Research Center poll in 2019 found that 5% of Ukrainians were unwilling to accept Jewish people as fellow citizens, compared with 18% in Poland, 19% of Czechs and 22% in Romania. And Ukraine’s prime minister when Mr. Zelensky became president, Volodymyr Groysman, is also Jewish.
But a certain QAnon-Gripper with straw blonde hair in D.C. will tell you the Ukrainians are Nazis. I wish she’d slap on a “Z” armband, move in with Steven Sea Gull living in Moscow, and become a sparing partner for that big tub of goo. As a couple they could mint Rubles with a Reality TV show titled “Keeping Up With The American Traitors.” They would have no problem booking guest stars every week such as Steve Bannon, Tucker Carlson, Nick Fuentes, etc. Have Russia Today hire those three. Supply them with a flop mansion with Russian and “Z” flags at the entrance. At least get them all out of our hair for a much needed respite from these Mental As Anything folk calling the Ukrainians Nazis or who are outright cheering for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.