DISINFO: European countries try to rewrite history of the WWII - Russia preserves the truth
DISINFORMATION CASE DETAILS
  • Outlet: Sputnik Germany (archived)*
  • Date of publication: January 19, 2020
  • Outlet language(s): German
  • Reported in: Issue 182
Tags:
Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact West Historical revisionism WWII Europe Vladimir Putin Nazi/Fascist

DISINFO: European countries try to rewrite history of the WWII - Russia preserves the truth

SUMMARY

European countries try to rewrite the history of WWII – Russia preserves the truth.

The Russian government had stressed several times that some European countries were trying to rewrite the history (of WWII). Russia’s president declared in mid-December that they, especially Poland, had conspired with fascist Germany and that Russia had documents showing how they had conducted these talks. According to Russian politicians, Europe is not prepared to admit this part of its history.

According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia has nothing to prove to anyone, the important thing is to preserve the history of the Great Patriotic War.

RESPONSE

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about WWII that is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism.

It accuses European countries of "rewriting the history of the Second World War". According to this policy, the official Russian historiography is the only “true” way of interpreting the historical events about WWII. The European Parliament called the war the bloodiest tragedy of the century, which resulted in millions of victims of authoritarian regimes both of fascist Germany and the USSR. The European Parliament adopted a resolution, describing the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact of 23 August 1939 as a key element causing World War II. The European Parliament also paid tribute to the victims of Stalinism, Nazism and other totalitarian and authoritarian regimes.

This article also contains an attempt to erode the historical role of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact by stating that European countries, especially Poland, "had conspired with fascist Germany", so they should blame themselves for the German-Soviet attack in September 1939. The claim that Poland had conspired with fascist Germany goes against available historical documents. Before WWII, Poland had tense political relations with Nazi Germany, which expressed open territorial claims over Poland (revision of the status of the Free City of Danzig and control over the “Polish Corridor”). Despite intense political pressure from Hitler, Poland consistently refused to become part of the Nazi block.

See similar disinformation cases alleging that Poland and Baltic states distort the truth about WWII and that in 1938, Poland was a Nazi ally.

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