After the remark of the 45th American president and the U.S. embassy in Denmark Europeans, who denounced the lies that America has liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and death camp, were called out on social media. This seems a continues part of a successful 70-year campaign to convince people the USA and not the USSR beat Hitler.
The incorrect statement made by the United States Embassy in Denmark made earlier last week that incorrectly claimed that it was American troops that liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp brought the embassy to apologise after lots of people made complaints.
Once more we could see and hear, how Mr. Trump and his entourage want to have their people (and the world) think the United States of America is the greatest and best nation in the world. To no surprise they easily can let the people believe everything they want, by continually distorting the truth.
That it is very bad with the knowledge of international history (and geography) is a known fact. A 2015 poll found that only a miserable 11 percent of Americans knew that the Soviet Union contributed the most to the defeat of Nazi Germany, with the large majority who answered picking the U.S. as the most important nation. This finding was replicated all over Western Europe, except in the United Kingdom, where Britons incorrectly believed they primarily defeated the Soviet Union.
In fact, Red Army troops reached the gates of Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 27, 1945.
“We acknowledge the important contributions of all Allied Forces during WWII and remember the 6 million Jews who perished during the Holocaust,”
the correction read.
Users replied with pictures of Red Army troops liberating the camp. But when knowing that lots of people refer to Wikipedia, as the so-called best encyclopaedia of the world, those people forget, not all of my colleagues, I must confess, are so honestly trying to spread truth about certain facts in their presentation of articles. You can also wonder how those in charge of Wikipedia are under pressure of the American States, when we hear that the American website Wikipedia proposed to remove archival images of the liberation of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz by the Red Army.
The first to draw attention to such an initiative was the journalist from Lithuania Vladimir Vodo, who noticed the changes in the article before me. He wrote about this on January 29th on his Facebook page:
Aunt Wiki is cleaning up archival photographs documenting the liberation of prisoners of Auschwitz in January 1945 by Soviet soldiers. Something like that …
While the encyclopaedia’s administrators argued that they might not technically be in the public domain, erasing images of the Russian liberation of Auschwitz on Holocaust Memorial Day, it is a well-known fact those who would have the rights of the photographs would for sure, not mind having those photos made public to warn for the atrocities which have taken place and still could repeat, if we are not careful.
In an exclusive interview in Vilnius to the correspondent of Sputnik Lithuania by the head of the organisation “Forgotten Soldiers”, Viktor Orlov made known that their searchers are forbidden to find and rebury the remains of soldiers of the Red Army.
“We have switched to paperwork, although I am very criticised for this by colleagues, who demand to go onto the field. But they do not imagine the situation: every time when finding remains I, as the head of the organisation, was subjected to criminal proceedings, every time I was accused of possible murder. And now the laws have tightened even more – we even have no right to excavate,”
said Viktor Orlov to the correspondent of Sputnik Lithuania.
Viktor Orlov with like-minded people have been engaged in excavations and searching for the unnamed graves of dead Red Army soldiers for almost 15 years. At first, wandering through forests with a metal detector was a passion. But after Viktor first discovered the remains of a Red Army soldier, the search for the remains of soldiers and their burial with all due honours became his main goal in life. And in the first years the Lithuanian authorities supported Viktor Orlov in every way in this desire.
“We signed contracts with various state organisations, with a forensic laboratory – we were able to establish burial sites and to carry out an examination of remains.é
At first there did not seem to be a problem but, unfortunately, after some time the attitude to their activities and in general to everything concerning the period of the liberation of the territory of the Baltics by Soviet troops acquired a slightly different shade.
A few years ago Viktor Orlov became accused of having buried a soldier almost under the cover of the night, and of illegally installing granite stones showing names and years of death.
And they also kicked up a fuss over the star on the stone, accusing me of promoting Soviet symbols. And this is despite the fact that there was no hammer and sickle, as well as other hints of something Communist,”
Searching for, and reburying the remains of, Red Army soldiers was the main activity of the military history association “Forgotten Soldiers”. But with all the pressure and accusations they stopped doing so. All they can seem to do today is to collect information, systematise archival data to respond promptly to the requests of all those interested in the fate of their ancestors, and clean up the graves of Red Army soldiers.
The Lithuanian government says it has now new rules concerning carrying out repair and reconstruction work.
“But so far there are no new rules, no permission, and the monument and signs are stored in a warehouse,”
resents the searcher.
Russia has long promised to respond to these decisions and actions of the Lithuanian authorities with mirror measures, and responded – it stopped issuing visas to participants of the Lithuanian memorial project “Mission Siberia”, within the framework of which youth units go to restore graves of repressed Lithuanians.
“Instead of sitting down at the negotiating table afterwards, the Lithuanian authorities are only making matters worse. We are a bright example,”
summarises Viktor Orlov, who also warns:
The search engines from the Association of military history “Forgotten soldiers” were forbidden to look up and perezahoranivayut the remains of red army soldiers.
Ukrainian politician, actor, comedian, screenwriter, film producer, and director serving as the 6th president of Ukraine since May 2019, Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelensky whose grandfather, Semyon Ivanovych Zelensky, served in the Red Army during World War II and whose’s father and three brothers got killed in the Holocaust got Russian artists banned and other Russian works of culture from entering Ukraine.
Though Zelensky stated he went into politics to restore trust in politicians and that he wanted
“to bring professional, decent people to power”
“would really like to change the mood and timbre of the political establishment, as much as possible.”
Now he seems wanting people to forget he was/is a Russian-speaking actor from a Jewish family (two in one – a nightmare for nationalists!) and for some reason is trying to show that he is not Russian-speaking at all and does not want to dismantle this Russophobic system.
He too seems not to find any harm in twisting the truth. He said:
“We will never forget Igor Pobirchenko, the commander of a Т-34 tank, who together with his crew were the first to smash the gate of Auschwitz; all the soldiers of the shock battalion of the 100th Lvov Division who entered the camp under the leadership of the Poltava citizen of Jewish origin Anatoly Shapiro”.
giving the impresion it were the Ukrainians who liberated the camp.
The representatives of the Normandy Four countries (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France), sometimes expanded to include Belarus, Italy and the United Kingdom, aim to resolve the war in Donbass, and created on June 6, 2014 the Normandy Format talks, to
Also there certain people did not want to see the disruption of historical facts and how a president tried to erase Russian events from the past. Nobody seems to want to condemn openly the violation of the civil rights of millions and certain groups wanting to erase historical events. In Paris and Berlin, it is understood that such actions will give Russia an impeccable reason to intervene, and when and how Russia will use it, will be anyone’s guess. The Kremlin has for a decade and a half surprised “Western partners” with the unpredictable effectiveness of its foreign policy actions.
At the moment Mr. Trump one moment seems to play the good friend of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and ex-foreign intelligence officer for the KGB (Committee for State Security), Vladimir Putin, next he calls them names, and at the same time he boosts his so-called victories over those two people and over the Soviet system, which he wants people to believe his country made it come to an end.
By bringing continuously false information Donald Trump not only looses credibility but plays dangerous games, making also a lot of Europeans loosing their patience and temper.
The incorrect statement concerning the Americans so-called liberating the concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, was immediately met with scorn online from those who felt this was another example of Soviet erasure and an insult to the enormous sacrifice the U.S.S.R. made to defeat fascism in Europe. Other groups exterminated there, however, included Soviet prisoners of war – a practice only ended by the arrival of the Red Army. All but 92 of the estimated 15,000 Soviets who entered the camp were exterminated. As with their comrades who liberated it, their memory is politically inconvenient for the powerful.
Luckily enough members of the general public were alert enough to react.
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