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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Speech of V V Putin, President of the Russian Federation, at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre, Moscow RF on the Occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Auschwitz Death Camp by the Red Army on 27 January 1945

00 v v putin. jewish museum and tolerance centre. moscow. 28.01.15

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70 years ago, Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp where the Nazis slaughtered millions of people. A decision of the UN declared this day, 27 January, International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Holocaust… one of the deadliest crimes against humanity… has become a symbol of grief and pain, of unbridled cruelty and neglect for human life. It’s hard to imagine that real death factories, mass shootings, and deportations were a reality of the 20th century, organised in cold blood in what then seemed to be a civilised Europe. Yes, people planned and organised them in cold blood. We’ve now seen the exhibition that you’ve seen as well… this was a planned deliberate operation to destroy people. Incredibly simple.

However, as history shows wherever ideas of ethnic or racial supremacy are put into people’s heads and the seeds of inter-ethnic hatred are sown, wherever traditional human values are destroyed and trampled upon, civilisation is quickly and inevitably replaced with barbarity, whilst peace is replaced with cruel conflicts, war, and aggression. The Nazis threatened to enslave the peoples of our multi-ethnic state. They were to be either assimilated by force and turned into slaves, or, destroyed to create so-called living space for some “higher race”.

According to the materials of the Nürnberg trials, the Nazis killed six million Jews in Europe during the Holocaust. These numbers are unfathomable. They didn’t die in battle… they simply destroyed them… burnt in furnaces or shot. Among those millions are hundreds of thousands of our compatriots. Such crimes don’t and shouldn’t have a term of limitation. We can neither forgive nor forget them. Any attempts to hush up these events up, to distort or “rewrite” history are unacceptable and immoral. Frequently, such attempts cover up the desire to hide one’s shameful behaviour… cowardice, hypocrisy, and treason, and to justify one’s direct or indirect silent collusion with the Nazis in implementing their criminal policy. However, historical facts are irrefutable. Thus, they show that Banderovtsy and other collaborationists and Hitler’s henchmen were themselves involved in the destruction of the Jewish people, in the destruction of Jews in Lvov, Odessa, Kiev, and other Ukrainian towns and cities, whilst Nazis in the Baltic states conducted ethnic cleansing in Vilnius and Riga, in Kaunas and Tallinn.

On this tragic day, we honour the memory of all those tortured by the Nazis and their henchmen in concentration camps and ghettoes. We grieve for the millions who died in the flames of the bloodiest of wars in the history of mankind. I’d like to note that on the initiative of public and religious organisations, and not only Jewish organisations, Russia conducts a search for and tending to mass burial grounds of Holocaust victims and we are recovering the names of those victims. This effort deserves special support and we’ll definitely continue it. Today, we pay tribute to the courage of those who survived the horrors of occupation, violence, and humiliating forced labour, those who survived these inhuman trials and remained unbroken.

In this connection, I can’t help recalling another date… today, we mark the anniversary of the liberation of Leningrad from the Nazi blockade. This was yet another example of a criminal massacre organised by the Nazis, who destroyed the civilian population of Leningrad in cold blood trough bombing raids and direct artillery attacks. We bow to the heroic feat of the Red Army officers and men who defeated Nazism and stopped the terrible annihilation machine. It wasn’t only their Motherland that they protected from the aggressors. Their great liberation mission became a deed of honour for our entire people. In this connection, I’d like to say that as we’ve just recalled, Russians bore the brunt of the battle against Nazism. Seventy percent of all the Red Army officers and men were Russians, and the Russian people made the largest sacrifice in the name of victory.

However, here within the confines of the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre I’d like to recall that Jewish citizens of the USSR made an enormous contribution to the victory over our enemy. More than half a million Jews fought in the Red Army, over 40,000 were members of partisan units. Almost a third of them (27 percent) were volunteers. Almost 200,000 died in battles for their Fatherland. The heroism of representatives of all ethnic groups, their selfless love for their homeland, their readiness for self-sacrifice will always remain in our memory, in the thankful memory of the peoples of Russia. As we celebrate this year, the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory, we’ll again and again address words of our warmest gratitude to our dear veterans, including those present here, those who gave themselves for the freedom and independence of their Motherland.

Friends, as we pay tribute, we should look ahead into the future. We shouldn’t allow crimes similar to the Holocaust to be repeated. This is our common duty; without exaggeration, it’s the most important and pressing task for the entire world community. True, there has been significant change on the world arena in the past decades. However, we see that antihuman ideas are still alive. We continue to come across attempts at dividing mankind on ethnic, racial, or religious grounds and demonstrations of anti-Semitism, Russophobia, and aggressive intolerance of other ethnic groups, cultures, and traditions.

Nazis made use of these primitive instincts back in their times; now, neonationalists, extremists, and terrorists in a number of countries and regions use them. We have to counter these threats together, to protect the peace and freedom of the people together, and defend the right of states and peoples to choose their own development path. History shows what a terrible abyss claims at world supremacy could lead humanity to; what tragedy may result from attempts at putting pressure on sovereign states or failure to respect their rights. We all know how dangerous and destructive double standards and indifference to others may be. Take, for instance, the current tragedy in [Novorossiya], where the peaceful people of Donetsk, Lugansk, and other towns and cities have been shot for months in cold blood. I would like to repeat that today, in the 21st century, it’s important to enhance the efficiency of the collective security system and to promote the values of humanism and coöperation and to always bear in mind the lessons we learn from history.

In conclusion, dear friends, I can’t help sharing my own impressions of the film we saw. Of course, we all know about those death camps and we often use such words as antihuman and crime, and we know what the Holocaust is about. However, as how cruel as this may sound… sometimes, these words are abused and lose their initial meaning. When you see such documentary evidence it all comes back with renewed force. One tends to realise what we had to deal with, what humanity and people had to deal with back then. We honour all those who died and all those who put an end to this massacre.

00.01b Russian Paralympians. 08.12. Putin. Moscow27 January 2015

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin

President of the Russian Federation

President of Russia official website

http://eng.news.kremlin.ru/news/23533

Monday, 26 January 2015

26 January 2015. The Forgotten Victims of the Nazis… the Soviet POWs

Ukrainian Nazi poster

This is what the Nazi collaborators did… the Wehrmacht didn’t protest this at all. Reflect on the fact that the Wehrmacht aided the campaign of extermination in the East. Racism was the engine of extermination. That’s why we have to face it wherever it pops up. Whether it’s Goebbels or Limbaugh… hate propaganda is the same under the skin. Nazi or Republican… the spectre of a New Long Night threatened and threatens humanity. We fought off the first… shall we fight off the second? We defeated the Master Race, shall we defeat the Almighty Dollar? 

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Read this.

Reflect on this. The US Republican Party always covered over the war crimes of the Wehrmacht and of Croat, Balt, and Galician collaborators. It also covered over the war crimes of KONR… a group that seized control of the ROCOR from 1948 until the ’07 Reconciliation with the Mother Church. Reflect on this… Germany pays pensions to those who committed crimes against humanity on the Russian Front in the Wehrmacht and SS, but refuses pensions to those who served in the anti-fascist and anti-capitalist NVA. I find that evil… I’m NOT alone. Behind the Russophobia of the US Republicans is a sick racism, akin to that of the Nazis. Remember… US officers sheltered Balt, Croat, and Galician war criminals (the SS Cossacks were in the British Zone, so, they weren’t so “lucky”)… as a result, their hate survived to bring chaos into the world yet again.

Russian Orthodox people… we’ve allowed people like Potapov to be influential amongst us for far too long. It’s time for us to get rid of those who either were collaborators themselves or are unrepentant family members of collaborators (that is, they have to admit that their parents were criminals and that their legacy was evil). It’s our DUTY before mankind…

BMD

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Rewriting History? Polish FM Sez Ukrainians Liberated Auschwitz… Russia Puzzled

00 auschwitz kids. 21.01.15

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The Polish FM’s statement that the Ukrainians liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp puzzled Moscow. V I Churkin, the Russian Ambassador to the UN, remarked that the Red Army, which liberated the camp, was multinational. However, on Wednesday, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Grzegorz Juliusz Schetyna, speaking on Polish radio, said, “The 1st Ukrainian front and Ukrainians liberated [the concentration camp], as on that January day there were Ukrainian soldiers, so they opened the gates of the camp”. That was in answer to a question related to invitations to join the ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Red Army on 27 January 1945.

Following the comment, Ambassador Churkin pointed up to Schetyna that Red Army liberated the concentration camp, adding that the front had the title “First Ukrainian” “because it liberated the Ukraine from the Nazis before reaching Poland through battles”. on Wednesday, in New York, Churkin told the Polish UN envoy, Bogusław Walenty Winid, speaking at a UN conference commemorating the liberation of the camp, “Like all other parts of the Red Army, [the front] was multinational and consisted of Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Georgians, Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Central Asians, and many others… from more than 100 Soviet ethnic groups” . Churkin urged Winid to explain the grave mistake to the Polish FM saying, “I’m sure he didn’t intend to offend so many peoples”.

UK-based journalist and writer Neil Clark told RT that interested parties rewrite history for political purposes, saying, “Fact is, the Soviet Red Army liberated that appalling camp Auschwitz. Yet, now, in 2015, we rewrite history to write out the role of the Red army in liberating Auschwitz for political purposes”.

In 2015, the Polish government issued no specific invitations for the commemoration event… the Polish authorities passed this duty to the Auschwitz Museum and the International Auschwitz Council. The organisers of the ceremony stated that they asked all nations who contributed funds to the site to see if they were going to take part, without personal invitations. On Tuesday, Putin’s spokesman D S Peskov said that Putin wouldn’t attend the event, as he hasn’t received any invitation. Meanwhile, S B Ivanov, the Head of the RF Presidential Administration, will represent Russia.

The commemoration of the liberation of the Nazi death camp shall take place on 27 January. It comes 70 years after Soviet troops liberated it in 1945. The Nazis imprisoned about 1.5 million people at Auschwitz, many of them Soviet citizens.

21 January 2015

RT

http://rt.com/news/224891-poland-ukraine-liberated-auschwitz/

Czech President Zeman Condemns Yatsenyuk’s Statement on Soviet “Invasion” of Germany and the Ukraine

Galician SS

Here’s the TRUTH about Galician war guilt… accept it if you can… if not, shut the fuck up, for the truth is the truth, whether you like it or not

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On Tuesday, Jiří Ovčáček, the Czech presidential spokesman, said that Czech President Miloš Zeman strongly condemned Ukrainian Prime Minister A P Yatsenyuk’s statement saying that the USSR invaded Germany and the Ukraine, saying, “Even the drafted version [of Yatsenyuk’s statement] didn’t disperse doubts that he made an attempt to revise the results of World War II”. Earlier, Zeman criticised Yatsenyuk, in one of his latest interviews, he called him “a prime minister of war”. On 8 January, Yatsenyuk told German state TV ARD, “All of us still clearly remember the Soviet invasion of the Ukraine and Germany”. On 9 January, RF Gosduma (lower house of the RF Federal Assembly) Foreign Affairs Committee chairman A K Pushkov called the Ukrainian prime minister’s statement “an extreme form of cynicism. The Ukrainian prime minister seeks political capital in Germany and Europe; he’s distorting well-known facts, backed in Europe itself… in Paris, Berlin, London, and in the USA. Nobody disputes the lawfulness of the anti-Hitler coalition’s actions. The USSR was its leading participant; it liberated Europe, including Germany, from Hitler, from Hitlerism”.

20 January 2015

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/en/world/772198

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