To the editor:

Best wishes to the Ukraine and its new young president, Volodymyr Zelensky. May he succeed in his plan to end endemic corruption and the separatist conflict.

But what strikes me most about this situation is that a Jewish man is president of the Ukraine. Being old, I can cast my mind back to World War II and the endemic anti-Semitism that enabled the Nazis to enlist hundreds of thousands of "Hiwis," or volunteer auxiliary police, in the Ukraine to aid and abet the Holocaust.

Being old, I can also reflect on the numerous mass graves all over the Ukraine, unmarked to this day, where Jewish victims of Nazi Einsatzgruppen shooters — 1.2 million men, women and children - lie.

Being old, I can reflect on the Ukrainian media and school system, where for all these many years nary a word has been uttered, even after the fall of communism, about what was done to the Jewish citizens by the invaders on the Ukrainian soil.

But now there’s a Jewish president, a former comedian no less. It's a great day — like a sign in the sky, Noah's rainbow.

The young Ukrainians are not responsible for the sins of their fathers. May the president help them to memorialize the past and become fully the nation they are meant to be.

Joan Pendleton

North Andover