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EUROPE / Statement on the European Parliament resolution of 19 September 2019 on “The importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe”
Date of publication at Tlaxcala: 15/10/2019
Original: Déclaration concernant la résolution du Parlement européen du 19 septembre 2019 sur “L'importance de la mémoire européenne pour l'avenir de l'Europe”
Translations available: Deutsch 

Statement on the European Parliament resolution of 19 September 2019 on “The importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe”

Comité international Buchenwald Dora et Kommandos

Translated by  Fausto Giudice Фаусто Джудиче فاوستو جيوديشي

 

The International Committee Buchenwald Dora and Commandos (ICBD) expresses its deep concern about the European Parliament Resolution of 19.9.2019 on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe.

The ICBD considers that the text of this first resolution of the newly elected European Parliament on the role of historical memory in the education of youth and the construction of a free and democratic Europe is an intolerable insult to the victims of fascism and nazism as well as to the builders of a pacified, democratic and free Europe.

The above-mentioned Resolution is rightly concerned in the last part of its text with the rise of identity-based hatred in Europe. It calls for a ban on neo-fascist and neo-nazi groups (point 20) It also stresses that "it is necessary to continue to draw from Europe's tragic past the moral and political inspiration necessary to meet the challenges of the contemporary world, and in particular to fight for a more just world, build tolerant and open societies and communities that welcome sexual, religious and ethnic minorities, and ensure that European values benefit all" (point 21). However, this resolution remains the result of unhealthy compromises, and develops fallacious and unacceptable arguments that mistreat the historical truth.

Therefore, the ICBD demands the immediate withdrawal of Resolution P9_TA-PROV(2019)0021.

The ICBD relies on the following arguments in this statement:

  1. The ICBD regrets that the European Parliament's Resolution on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe makes no mention in its text of the decisive Resolution of the European Parliament of 11 February 1993 on “The protection and preservation of the memory sites of former concentration camps”.
  2. The ICBD recalls that under no circumstances can we put Hitler's Nazism and Stalin's communism on the same level and define them under the general term "totalitarianism" as it was applied since the 1930s to Mussolini's regime. Some parliamentarians forget that their countries, located in the Nazi orbit, developed their own form of totalitarianism during these years: Finland, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Poland...

The ICBD demands that a European Parliament resolution on the awareness of the past should not ignore the specificities of Nazism; racism, anti-Semitism, genocide of Jews and Sinti and Roma, crimes against the mentally and physically ill are the foundation of what Nazi policy was, alongside the planned and systematic massacres against the Slavic populations, as well as the enslavement of millions of men, women and children forced into forced labour in Germany and in the countries occupied by the Third Reich. It was this criminal ideology that was fought by all the nations that met in the United Nations in 1945.

3. The ICBD, contrary to the text of the European Parliament Resolution of 19.9.2019 (point 2), opposes the assertion that the German-Soviet Pact (known as Molotov-Ribbentrop) is the origin of the Second World War. This is to neglect in this text other causes such as: the Treaty of Versailles, the 1929 economic crisis, the reoccupation of the Saarland (1935), the Anti-Komintern Pact (November 1936), the Rome-Berlin axis (November 1936), the agreed annexation of Austria (March 1938), the Munich Agreements (September 1938): Let us not forget Winston Churchill's famous words to British Prime Minister Chamberlain: “You were given the choice between war and dishonour. You chose dishonour, and you will have war".

The resolution also ignores the Nazi occupation of the Sudetenland region (October 1938), the invasion of Czechoslovakia by German troops (March 1939).

4.The ICBD regrets a limited vision in the Resolution of what was the suffering inflicted on Russia, described as “the greatest victim of communist totalitarianism” (point 15). It means forgetting the suffering and losses inflicted on the Soviet Union by Nazi aggression in the west and by Japanese forces in the east.

5. The ICBD condemns that the resolution completely ignores the genocide and suffering of the Sinti and Roma people, just as it ignores the persecutions caused against homosexuals. Political persecution, internment and deportation of millions of human beings in Europe are also left in complete ignorance, as well as

The ICBD demands that a European Parliament resolution on the awareness of the past should not ignore the specificities of Nazism; racism, anti-Semitism, genocide of Jews and Sinti and Roma, crimes against the mentally and physically ill are the foundation of what Nazi policy was, alongside the planned and systematic massacres against the Slavic populations, as well as the enslavement of millions of men, women and children forced into forced labour in Germany and in the countries occupied by the Third Reich. It was this criminal ideology that was fought by all the nations that met in the United Nations in 1945.

In 2020, a museum will be opened in Weimar on the theme of forced labour under National Socialism, bringing the tragic fate of internees and deportees of the Nazi regime to the wider public's attention.

6. The ICBD  recalls - and notes that there is nowhere in this text - that many German communists were the first victims of the Nazi concentration camps as soon as they were opened. Their memory cannot be forgotten.

The former deportees of the Buchenwald camp and its external camps lived in their hearts and minds these unprecedented events, which are the specificities of Nazi ideology.

For these reasons,

On behalf of camp survivors from all nations, and the victims of Buchenwald and its 139 commandos,

On behalf of all the victims of Nazi barbarism,

The ICBD considers this text to be an unacceptable insult to the memory of these victims and to those who fought for a humanist Europe and categorically rejects the European Parliament's resolution of 19.9.2019 on the importance of the European remembrance for the future of Europe.

If the construction of a European awareness of the past for the future of Europe must "be based" on the denunciation of all violations of human rights and freedoms, the ICBD declares that this must be done in respect of historical truth, without forced comparison or political amalgamation.

 





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Source: http://www.buchenwald-comite.org/page-daccueil-site-3/
Publication date of original article: 08/10/2019
URL of this page : http://www.tlaxcala-int.org/article.asp?reference=27217

 

Tags: Nazi concentration campsEuroparliamentAntifascist resistanceAnticommunismEuropean History
 

 
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