Accidental interview with a young man, a well-educated English speaker, in front of the Khmelnytskyi Town Hall:
- Sorry, is this monument in front of your town hall dedicated to Bohdan Khmelnytsky?
- No, it isn't and frankly speaking, I'm feeling ashamed of such a monstrosity in our hometown.
- By the way, do you feel comfortable with the name of your hometown?
- Yes, of course, from our point of view Bohdan Khmelnytsky was a Ukrainian hero?
- It doesn't matter, that the renaming was effected by the Soviets, why don't you re-rename the town?
- The focus was on Bohdan Khmelnytsky's Ukrainian fight against the Polish dominance.
- Rgardless of the atrocities committed by Bohdan Khmelnytsky's rebels against Poles and Jews?
- I understand your point, but for us he was still a fighter for liberation.
- So, the killing of Poles and Jews was a kind of "collateral damage"?
- Yes, you might say that.
In front of the main railroad station we'll meet Bohdan Khmelnytsky again as well as many other remains from the Soviet times.
However, that doesn't mean at all that life in Khmelnytskyi is oppressively dark and grey. It's for sure not a metropolis, but nevertheless it's a charming town, in all but the name...?!