I was interested in verifying an old claim made by Oles’ Buzyna…
In an essay, “Bandera, the Suffocator of Cats”, the late journalist, Oles’ Buzyna made the claim that the young Stepan Bandera liked suffocating cats. He quoted a biographical book by Halyna Hordasevych, Stepan Bandera, the Person and The Myth, where it said this:
If the incident with cats really took place, it was not out of an inborn tendency toward sadism, but out of a boyish and perhaps not so smart wish to test oneself, would he be able to kill another being? Since on the path of revolution, that Stepan Bandera has chosen, he would have to kill ennemies.
This, it needs to be noted, is a favourable biography from a fangirl. And while I trust Oles’ Buzyna’s integrity, I had to verify this information anyway.
So I requested a friend in Kiev to get me this book. He said the bookseller was very happy because apparently few were after this kind of literature. Neither was I going to read it, I was only looking for that particular quote:
The book cover:
Young Stepan Bandera (on the right) as a plastun: