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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke in Warsaw at a ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. He failed to utter a single word about the Jews or the Holocaust. This is an unmistakable signal that the Nazis’ crimes are being downplayed for very definite political purposes.

First, Steinmeier’s silence on the Holocaust was a concession to the ultra-nationalist Polish Law and Justice Party (PiS) government, who are deeply rooted in the anti-Semitic traditions of the Catholic church and glorify Polish dictator Josef Pilsudski. The PiS has systematically sought to rewrite history over recent years and passed laws which threaten to criminalize any scholar or publicist who researches or writes on anti-Semitism in Poland.

But above all, Steinmeier’s silence about the Holocaust was a concession to the right-wing extremist Alternative for Germany (AfD) in his own country. Within the framework of Germany’s return to an aggressive imperialist foreign policy, the ruling class is systematically building up and promoting this fascistic party. On the same day Steinmeier delivered his speech in Warsaw, the AfD emerged from two state elections—in Saxony and Brandenburg—as the second-largest party. Steinmeier’s address was not a mistake. He is an experienced politician who knows what he is doing. The Federal Presidential Office has a staff of some 180 people, who carefully prepare every one of his speeches and discuss them within the government apparatus.

Yet the Nazis murdered some 1.6 million ethnic Poles and around 3 million Jews, which equated to 90 percent of Poland’s Jewish population. The only victims of German war crimes mentioned by Steinmeier were “Polish men and women,” as well as “Poland, its culture, its cities and its people.”

Monika Krawczyk, the head of the League of the Jewish Community in Poland, was outraged, saying, “How could he not bring himself to utter the word Jew? What was stopping him from talking about the Holocaust and the Jewish resistance? A professional, who ought to know the history of the occupation of Poland, only apologizes to one victim and forgets the others. I’m speechless.”

Steinmeier also shamefully falsified history, only indirectly referred to the Red Army and denied its decisive role in the victory over the Nazis. He then went on to use the phrase "National Socialism" rather than Nazism, seemingly trying to associate Nazism with the left in order to further appease the far-right of both countries by distancing them from its evil.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/201.../pers-s04.html
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Garbage piece from a garbage socialist website.

One thing admirable about Germany is it doesn’t shy away from its crimes of the past.
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Genuinely think that refusing to let go of the past in the UKs biggest issue

The German populous have acknowledged what their ancestors did, or were responsible for, many times over. They’ve been scrutinised and rightly for the past 70 years.

Not to say they pave swept it under the carpet, but they’ve moved on. They acknowledge the role that two wars played in their and Europe’s past, and have moved on.

Our entire culture seems to be ‘we won two world wars and a World Cup in 66’. I admire the incredible sacrifices made for our today, but at what point do we let go? Are we still going to be having DDay celebrations (honestly the use of the term is sickening considering what happened) in 2035, when nobody alive actually played any role in it?

Before I get accused of disrespecting those who gave their lives, be in no doubt, I am as grateful and thankful as anyone can be, and fully believe they should be acknowledged, living or dead. It just seems to me that this fantasy of living in the past and celebrating events very few people can remember is actually starting to become an issue.
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(Original post by _Wellies_)
Garbage piece from a garbage socialist website.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem
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(Original post by AngeryPenguin)
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke in Warsaw at a ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. He failed to utter a single word about the Jews or the Holocaust. This is an unmistakable signal that the Nazis’ crimes are being downplayed for very definite political purposes.
Or it's a sign that you don't have to very specific about WWII crimes when you're having a speech about it in the country that suffered the most, so obviously everybody know things well enough.

(Original post by AngeryPenguin)
First, Steinmeier’s silence on the Holocaust was a concession to the ultra-nationalist Polish Law and Justice Party (PiS) government, who are deeply rooted in the anti-Semitic traditions of the Catholic church
As much as I despise the Law and Justice Party (PiS) I cannot say that they're antisemitic.
Also, Jews were always treated on equal terms in Poland with anyone else. That's why we had the biggest Jewish population in Europe, they were simply immigrating to Poland each time when they were excluded from somwhere else in Europe.

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and glorify Polish dictator Josef Pilsudski.
The very dicator was a fan of the Old-Polish Republic of Both nations, which was a multi-cultural country, and his life goal was actually to recreate it.
After his death 1935, the country was ruled by his fanboys, who took in a couple hundreds of thousands Jews fleeing from Soviet Russia and Germany, so instead of supporting your point, by mentioning Piłsudski in this context you have ridiculed yourself.


(Original post by AngeryPenguin)
The PiS has systematically sought to rewrite history over recent years and passed laws which threaten to criminalize any scholar or publicist who researches or writes on anti-Semitism in Poland.
(Original post by AngeryPenguin)
Yet the Nazis murdered some 1.6 million ethnic Poles and around 3 million Jews, which equated to 90 percent of Poland’s Jewish population. The only victims of German war crimes mentioned by Steinmeier were “Polish men and women,” as well as “Poland, its culture, its cities and its people.”
Every single Polish Jew had Polish citizenship, almost all if not all were speaking Polish, many even didn't know any other language than Polish and lots had Polish family names. Technically they were all Poles, they just had different religion.


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He then went on to use the phrase "National Socialism" rather than Nazism, seemingly trying to associate Nazism with the left in order to further appease the far-right of both countries by distancing them from its evil.
Nazism is just a short of national-socialism. Their economic doctrine was actually socialist, and if somebody doesn't know what is national socialism, it's their problem, and ours only because this primitive and crazy idea of democracy is still in force.
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