Disinfo: Germans imprisoned by the Soviets were happy

Summary

The conditions for (German) prisoners in the Soviet Union (in terms of food and support) were not so bad. Many prisoners, upon their return to Germany, remembered the warmth of their interactions with the Russian population, and in these days we can even call it human relations.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism.

Adelbert Holl in his memoir describes the daily life in the camps:

"the crowding, the dirt, the cold, the ever-present threat of disease, the forced marches, the indifference or cruelty of the guards. The Soviets treated German prisoners as slave labourers, working them exhaustively, in often appalling conditions. The prisoners could only struggle to survive, to support each other, and hope against hope to return home".

The working and living conditions were harsh and according to Soviet records, 381067 German Wehrmacht POWs died in NKVD camps (356,700 German nationals and 24,367 from other nations), while German historian Rüdiger Overmans also believes, in his book (Soldaten hinter Stacheldraht. Deutsche Kriegsgefangene des Zweiten Weltkriege. Ullstein. Page 246 ) that there were men who actually died as POWs amongst those listed as missing-in-action (MIA).

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 189
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: USSR, Red Army, Historical revisionism, WWII
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Disproof

This is part of a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative to portray Russia as a blameless victim of Western machinations.

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Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about the Istanbul Convention. The Istanbul Convention (the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence) is a treaty of the Council of Europe for the creation of a legal framework at pan-European level to protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence.

The referendum has nothing to do with the Istanbul Convention. Under the proposed amendments, the Constitutional court’s chairman and six other members appointed by former Armenian governments would be replaced by other judges to be confirmed by the current parliament. The chairman and members of the CC are accused of having remaining links to the “former corrupt regime”.

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Disproof

This is a repeating Kremlin narrative that the collective West interferes in the internal affairs of other states.

Created in February 2020, the International Religious Freedom Alliance was a logical continuation in the process of protecting religion in the United States. Starting with the idea of ​​National Prayer Breakfasts, which have been held in the States since 1953, it organised the 2nd Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom event on July 16 -18th 2019 during which U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the creation of the International Alliance of Religious Freedom. Six months later, another 26 countries joined the global alliance. Pompeo emphasised that "freedom of religion or belief is not a Western ideal, but truly the foundation of society."