underlankers (underlankers) wrote in talk_politics,

Lies and the lying liars who tell them:


I don't suppose I should be surprised the Baltic states are doing this:

On November 21, at the opening of the Nuremberg Trials Museum, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the Nuremberg Tribunal was a leading political and judicial achievement of the epoch, but some did not learn its lessons.

"There is no doubt that the Nuremberg Tribunal is a leading political and judicial achievement of the epoch,” he said.

“There is no other explanation for annual marches of former SS members in a number of European capital cities, prosecution of anti-fascist veterans or recognition of the swastika by a court as part of the cultural heritage of the Balts," Lavrov concluded.

Efraim Zuroff, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says the EU has to speak out over the distortion of the past:

“I think that this is an outgrowth of an atmosphere in Lithuania in which the narrative of the history of the WWII is being consistently distorted. I think it’s high time that the countries of Europe, the countries of the world, of the civilized world make clear to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and these other post-communist countries that the attempt to distort the history of the Holocaust will not be tolerated, the attempt to equate communist and Nazi crimes will not be tolerated.”

“You cannot say and you can’t minimize the role of the Soviet Union in the victory over Nazi Germany and you can’t try and claim that the people that liberated Auschwitz were just as responsible for its establishment and the mass murder that went on there,” he added.

Professor Dovid Katz from the World Without Nazism Movement, says the issue of Holocaust denial in Baltic states is being politicized

I suppose like the Finns they kind of have to do this. It wouldn't do to note that the Baltic states were willing to massacre their Jews before the Wehrmacht even reached the big cities there (I know that happened at least in Lithuania) and that the Balts were willing collaborators of massacres of Jews, rivaled only by Ukrainians in terms of willingness to side with evil in the commission of evil.

On the other hand people seldom acknowledge the Baltic states were in fact independent states before 1940 and that it was the Soviets who took them over first. I will say however that given the USA's own problems with this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Cause_of_the_Confederacy movement dedicated to rehabilitating a bunch of treasonous racist scumbags there's not much room for me as an American to jeer at the Lithuanians choosing to be cowards rather than face the darker side of their history.

And at least unlike Finland they didn't openly side with a mass murdering regime of their own will and get away with it entirely scott-free.

Tags: east europe, history
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