The day when the Red Army entered the Auschwitz death camp and expelled the few remaining Germans, is celebrated worldwide as Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum did not extend an invitation to commemoration to the Russian Ambassador to Poland, the decision motivated by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, which includes genocidal practices not unlike those employed by the Nazis. When the Russians were denied the possibility of using the memory of Shoah as a mat to wipe their Ukrainian-blood-soaked jackboots on, it ended with them seeing red.
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The statement made by the Museum’s spokesperson clearly laid out the reason for the Russian Ambassador to Poland not being invited to the commemorations. It is because of Russia’s “aggression against free and independent Ukraine”. This will be the first time the Russian Ambassador is not invited to the event.
Piotr Cywiński, the director of the Museum, explained that the commemorations are organised primarily for the former prisoners of Auschwitz.
As for the issue of the Russian Ambassador, Mr Cywiński said it was obvious that he could not, at least in the current situation, “sign any letter to the Russian ambassador that had an inviting tone”.
“Russia will need an immeasurably long time and profound self-reflection after this conflict [ends], in order to be readmitted to the civilised world club,” remarked Cywiński.
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As for the attempts to re-write or erase history, Ms Zakharova and her fellows are experts here. Since Putin came to power, Russia has gone back to promoting the Soviet version of history, flouting the USSR’s role in defeating Germany, while conveniently omitting the fact that the outbreak of the war, and therefore such atrocities as the Holocaust, would not have been possible had it not been for the two totalitarian states, Russia and Germany, carving up Europe in the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact.
Zakharova naturally was also fuming about the Museum snubbing the Russian Ambassador.
“This year the representatives of the successor state of the USSR, whose soldiers saved the world from the Hitlerite plague, were not invited to the anniversary of the liberation of the camp!” she wrote.
Aside from the aforementioned obvious fact that the Soviets would not have had to save anyone from the Nazis had they not gotten into bed with them first, not to mention the countless atrocities perpetrated by themselves against the peoples of Central and Eastern Europe during and after the war, Zakharova appears to have also forgotten that the Red Army was made up not only of Russians, as the Kremlin would like everyone to think, but also soldiers from other Soviet Republics.
Admittedly, Russia is the country that most loudly proclaims its Soviet past and does so with pride. Ukrainians also fought in the Red Army and were present at the liberation of Auschwitz. At the same time, modern Ukrainians regard the time of the Soviet Union as a period of oppression, including prior attempts to erase the Ukrainian language, culture, and nationhood.