UKRAINE — Would TINTIN really side with Ukraine?

“Experts tell us that Russia is particularly worried that the strong divisions in Ukraine over NATO membership, with much of the ethnic-Russian community against membership, could lead to a major split, involving violence or at worst, civil war. In that eventuality, Russia would have to decide whether to intervene; a decision Russia does not want to have to face.”

 NYET MEANS NYET: RUSSIA’S NATO ENLARGEMENT REDLINES.

William Burns (February 2008)

March 7 2022 — A fake cover of a TINTIN’s adventure suggests that Hergé would side with Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Jewish president of Ukraine, in the ongoing conflict. I have great doubts about that. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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First thing first. As the first book makes it very clear, Hergé did not like the Soviets. But before you think that he would side with Ukraine, consider the following facts.

This may be a shock to many of you, but the father of TINTIN was anti-Semitic. In 1941, when Belgian Jews wore the Yellow Star, Hergé’s Tintin adventure, “The Shooting Star,” featured a Jewish villain, Blumenstein the banker, intended to represent the “incarnation of evil.”

After the Allied liberation of Belgium in 1944, Le Soir was shut down and its staff — including Hergé — accused of having been collaborators.

An official investigation was launched, and although no charges were brought against Hergé, in subsequent years he repeatedly faced accusations of having been a traitor and collaborator. [Wikipedia]

Indeed, Hergé was known for his sympathy towards the Nazis… And Ukraine is one of the two European countries where you can still find plenty of those people….

So, I do not not know what Hergé would have said…. But it is not obvious at all that he would have taken side.

REFERENCES

Hergé — Wikipedia

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UKRAINE — Would TINTIN really side with Ukraine?

“Expanding NATO would be the most fateful error of American policy in the post cold-war era. Such a decision may be expected . . . to impel Russian foreign policy in directions decidedly not to our liking.”

A Fateful Error

Diplomat-historian George F. Kennan

(Feb. 5, 1997)

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